|Bruins’ comebacks aren’t enough in loss to Rangers||03.04.12 at 3:12 pm ET|
The Bruins lost to the Rangers for the third time this season, losing a 4-3 contest Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
The B’s made two comebacks in the game, erasing two-goal and one-goal Rangers’ leads, but a Derek Stepan goal less than a minute after the B’s tied it in the third gave New York the lead for good.
The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 6:15 thanks to goals from Anton Stralman and Carl Hagelin. After the B’s tied it on goals from Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron, Marian Gaborik scored his 32nd of the season to make it 3-2 in the third period. David Krejci tied the game with his fourth goal in his last three games, but Stepan made it 4-3 just 39 seconds later.
Caron played perhaps his best game as a member of the Bruins, as the 2009 first-round pick forced a pair of turnovers leading to Bruins goals and had his first career multi-point game. Caron assisted Benoit Pouliot’s first-period goal and scored an unassisted goal in the second period.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– After having a strong Bruins debut Thursday, there have been a couple of bumps in the road for newcomer Greg Zanon. A day after getting beat on the Islanders’ first goal, Hagelin threw the puck off a sprawled-out Zanon and into the net for the Rangers’ second goal. Zanon has been a minus-1 in each of the last two games.
– With the loss, the Bruins’ second in a row, the Bruins’ streak without back-to-back wins will reach 25 when they square off with the Leafs Tuesday at Air Canada Centre. A win over the conference leaders would have been a great way to potentially create some momentum.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– For a change, it was the second period in which the Bruins dominated, and not the other way around. The B’s outscored their opponent (1-0) in the second period for just the second time in their last nine games, and they really took it to the Rangers, outshooting them by a 10-3 margin.
– Lane MacDermid made his NHL debut, filling in for the injured Daniel Paille on the fourth line, and it began in memorable fashion. MacDermid dropped the gloves in his very first shift, holding his own and getting the takedown in a bout with seasoned vet Mike Rupp.
– Claude Julien called out his team Saturday for their lack of secondary scoring, saying that the team was relying on the same players to produce goals. He must have been happy to see what the team’s third line did, as Caron singlehandedly created two goals for the B’s after entering the game with just five points on the season.
– The B’s were able to make two comebacks against a team that’s capable of winning simply by scoring the first goal. Caron’s work erased the Rangers’ two-goal lead, while a strong rush by the team’s top line tied the game at three.
– Speaking of the top line, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin have continued to score since being put together Thursday night against the Devils. Krejci’s goal was his fourth in the last three games, and the members of the line have seven goals since Thursday.
|UPDATE: Tuukka Rask injured, won’t travel with Bruins||03.03.12 at 4:28 pm ET|
The Bruins are already without Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley for the foreseeable future, so things went from bad to potentially much worse when goaltender Tuukka Rask left Saturday’s game against the Islanders with an apparent lower-body injury suffered in the second period.
After the game, the Bruins recalled Providence goaltender Michael Hutchinson and forward Lane MacDermid. Julien did not offer an update on Daniel Paille, who left the game after getting tripped by Steve Staios, but the MacDermid callup is seemingly to fill Paille’s spot should the fourth-liner be unable to go.
Rask hurt himself stretching out to make a save on Islanders forward Matt Martin. He went down after the play, at which point defenseman Joe Corvo got the attention of the officials and the play was blown dead. Rask remained down on the ice while examined by trainer Don DelNegro before eventually being helped off the ice by Corvo and Greg Zanon. He did not put any pressure on his left leg as he was being helped off.
Tim Thomas came into the game following the play. Rask had allowed one goal on 12 shots from the Islanders. For the season, Rask has an 11-8-3 record leads the Bruins with a 2.05 goals-against average, which is fifth in the NHL. His .929 save percentage is tied with Thomas for fifth in the league.
Providence starting goaltender Anton Khudobin is currently out with a wrist injury, Hutchinson, who missed Friday night’s game with the flu, was the next best option. Hutchinson is 6-11-0 this season with a 2.62 GAA and .920 save percentage.
|Bruins lose Tuukka Rask, then game to Islanders||03.03.12 at 3:40 pm ET|
The Bruins lost more than a winnable game against a non-playoff team Saturday, as they lost goaltender Tuukka Rask to injury and fell to the Islanders, 3-2, at TD Garden.
The Bruins got on the board in the first period when Milan Lucic scored on the power play, a goal assisted by Brian Rolston for the veteran forward’s first point since returning to the Bruins. The Islanders tied it late in the first on a Josh Bailey goal.
After Thomas took over for Rask in the second period, Matt Moulson gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead on the power play. Tyler Seguin tied the game 7:29 into the third period, but the Islanders would regain the lead in the final five minutes on John Taveres‘ 26th of the season.
The Bruins will return to action Sunday when they face the Eastern conference-leading Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– After defeating the Devils Thursday, the B’s blew their latest chance at winning back-to-back games, and have still not one consecutive games since Jan. 10 and 12, a span of 23 games.
– The B’s are in trouble if Rask’s injury keeps him out for a while. After Sunday’s game against the Rangers, the Bruins will still have games on back-to-back days three times for the remainder of the season. Given that Providence goaltenders Anton Khudobin (wrist) and Michael Hutchinson (flu) are out, the B’s could be looking at Adam Courchaine, who was called up to Providence from the ECHL and has played only five career AHL games.
– Rask wasn’t the Bruins’ only injury scare. Daniel Paille left the Bruins’ bench and headed down the tunnel after getting tripped by Steve Staios in the third period. Paille did not return to the game. Staios was the same guy who hit Paille in the face with a slapshot back on Nov. 7.
– Greg Zanon got beaten for the first time in a Bruins uniform. After playing early in the first period on a pairing with Joe Corvo, Zanon went back to playing with Adam McQuaid. Late in the first period, Anders Nillson sent a pass through Zanon to Bailey, who beat Rask to tie the game at one goal apiece.
– There was a pretty bad non-call late in the first period, as P.A. Parenteau got Brad Marchand in the face with a high stick that appeared to cut the Bruins forward. Marchand remained down on the ice for a few moments, but got back up and played the rest of his shift. Of course, a high-stick that draws blood should yield a four-minute double-minor. Overall, the officiating wasn’t great, as Shawn Thornton was given a questionable roughing call when both he and Travis Hamonic were shoving after Hamonic hit Thornton.
– That pesky second period got to the Bruins again, as the Islanders took the lead on Moulson’s goal. The Bruins have outscored their opponents in the second period only once over their last eight games.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– The B’s got Johnny Boychuk back after he missed the last two games with a concussion sustained last Saturday on a hit from Senators forward Chris Neil. Boychuk didn’t seem to take much time getting back to his usual self, as he led all players with four hits in the first period.
– Seguin is heating back up for the Bruins, and it’s no coincidence that his output has increased since being teamed with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Seguin had gone 10 games without a goal leading into Thursday night’s game against the Devils, but he now has goals in two straight. On the season, Seguin has 22 goals, which doubles last season’s total of 11.
|Bruins-Islanders Live Blog: Tuukka Rask leaves with injury||03.03.12 at 12:52 pm ET|
|Lower-body injury for Andrew Ference||03.01.12 at 10:23 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference left the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime win over the Devils in the third period with what coach Claude Julien called a lower-body injury. Ference took only three shifts in the third period and did not play after his last one ended 5:30 into the period.
“He suffered a lower-body injury,” Julien said of Ference. “We took him out instead of forcing it, and I guess what I’ve been told is we’ll know better tomorrow how severe it is and whether he’s going to be fine or whether it’s going to go the other way.”
With Ference out, Julien took Joe Corvo off the bench and went with a five-D rotation after he had benched the struggling defenseman. Corvo was on the ice for the Devils’ first two goals in the second period, including a Zach Parise goal that was created when Corvo sent a blind backhand pass to New Jersey winger Ilya Kovalchuk in the neutral zone.
|David Krejci’s hat trick leads Bruins past Devils in overtime||03.01.12 at 9:37 pm ET|
David Krejci chose the best time of all to seal his hat trick Thursday, scoring his third goal of the night 2:59 into overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Devils at TD Garden.
The Bruins blew a two-goal lead in the second period, but came back to tie the game in the third before eventually winning it on Krejci’s 16th of the season.
Claude Julien shuffled the team’s lines, and it paid off early for the Bruins. Centering Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin, Krejci scored his 14th goal of the season 1:13 into the game when Seguin flew down the right wing and fed Krejci in front of the net. The same line produced another goal just under seven minutes later when Milan Lucic came down along the boards and shook off Mark Fayne before sending a pass to Seguin, who beat Martin Brodeur with a wrist shot. The goal was Seguin’s 21st of the season.
Then, as has been the case often this season, things went south for the B’s in the second period. The Devils scored three unanswered goals, getting tallies from Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and David Clarkson to wipe out the Bruins’ lead.
The Bruins woke back up in the third, as Krejci batted a rebound out of mid air at 5:30 to tie the game and give him his second goal of the night.
Tim Thomas made 26 saves on 29 shots in regulation, while Brodeur stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced in the first three periods.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Greg Zanon looked good in his Bruins debut. Paired with Adam McQuaid to begin the game, Zanon had a shot on goal, a pair of blocked shots and a big hit on Clarkson. Zanon finished the night with a team-high three hits for the B’s. Hits and blocked shots are both specialties of Zanon, who is a safer defenseman with less offensive prowess. Zanon also contributed on the penalty kill when Zdeno Chara went off for high-sticking Adam Henrique in the third period.
– That new line of Krejci between Seguin and Lucic sure looked good. All three players had multi-point nights, as Krejci had a pair of goals, while Seguin had a goal and an assist and Lucic had a pair of helpers.
– Tim Thomas picked up his first assist of the season and sixth helper of his career when he got the secondary apple on Seguin’s goal. Of course, it took Thomas a little longer to get his first assist this season than it did last season, as he assisted Seguin’s first career goal in his first start of the season in Prague against the Coyotes.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Joe Corvo‘s horrid night cost him. He had his latest bad turnover in a Bruins sweater, making a blind backhanded pass into the neutral zone from the Bruins’ blue line in the second period, and Ilya Kovalchuk picked it off easily before feeding Zach Parise to make it 2-1. Corvo is fighting to stay in the lineup once Johnny Boychuk is healthy, and if he winds up as a healthy scratch, it will be because of the turnovers. He was also on the ice for Elias’ goal and was benched afterwards. He didn’t return to the ice until the start of the Bruins’ third-period power play at 5:45.
– After buzzing around the Devils’ zone for the first 20 minutes, the Bruins got off to a quiet start in the second period. The B’s didn’t get their first shot of the period until 9:11, when Seguin was stopped by Brodeur. The second period has been a killer for the Bruins for quite some time, and they were outscored, 2-0, and lost their lead in the second Thursday night.
– The Bruins’ lead could have been much greater than it was, and Brodeur had a lot to do with that. The four-time Vezina-winner came up with some some saves, including one on David Krejci in the first period. With the Devils on the power play, a save from Thomas on David Clarkson quickly turned into a breakaway for Krejci, but Brodeur stopped him with his blocker on an acrobatic save.
– Andrew Ference did not take another shift after his third of the period, which ended 5:30 into the period. He may have been injured on a hit he took from Alexei Ponikarovsky earlier in the period, though he had initially returned to the ice following the hit.
– Shawn Thornton was also missing for a few minutes after fighting frequent dance partner Eric Boulton 2:11 into the first period. After disappearing from the bench, he returned to take his second shift of the night at 15:35.
– Claude Julien sure does trust Brian Rolston already, as the B’s coach put Rolston on Patrice Bergeron’s line with Marchand. Rolston took his second tripping penalty in as many games, and through two games looks like he’d be better suited for bottom-six minutes than playing on that second line over someone like Chris Kelly or Benoit Pouliot. Julien eventually played Kelly on the line in Rolston’s place in the third period.
|Bruins-Devils Live Blog: Headed for overtime||03.01.12 at 7:03 pm ET|