New York Rangers lose Ryan Lindgren and game to Bruins 5-2
The New York Rangers were trying to get their fourth straight win of the season, but instead took a hard punch to the nose by the league-leading Boston Bruins.
Things were even at one point in the third period, but Boston just kept coming with the pressure. Without Ryan Lindgren, who was injured in the first period, they simply couldn’t handle what was thrown at them.
Recap: Bruins 5 vs Rangers 2
The Rangers and Bruins went at it with some strong physical play to get themselves acclimated with one another.
For the most part, Boston looked like the sharper team in the opening period. They would also open the scoring at the 12:53 mark when David Pastrnak took a wicked backhanded shot from the boards that Igor Shesterkin would like back.
Boston held an 11-4 shot advantage, putting the Blueshirts on notice to pick up their pace.
The middle stanza opened with news that defenseman Ryan Lindgren was out for the remainder of the game with an upper-body injury. He and Pastrnak had several run-ins during the first period, with Lindgren leaving the contest midway through.
Gerard Gallant says Lindgren is day-to-day with more info coming tomorrow per NY Post’s Mollie Walker.
New York came alive as they found their skating legs and starting controlling the puck in the Boston zone.
Jimmy Vesey would tie the game notching his first goal of the year converting a sweet Mika Zibanejad feed at 10:21 behind Linus Ullmark. Kaapo Kakko registered the other helper.
“It’s a great feeling,” Vesey said on ESPN. “It’s a big goal and I’m happy we got on the board.”
From there, things got heated as Braden Schneider stepped up and blasted Trent Frederic entering the zone. A.J. Greer then went after Schneider and dropped they gloves. As they tussled, Barclay Goodrow and Frederic decided to go. When it was all said and done, the Rangers got a power play as Greer was called for the instigator.
The period ended 1-1 setting up a big final 20 minutes.
The game got a little loose for the start of the third with three goals scored in a little over three minutes. An Adam Fox tally was sandwiched in between two Bruins goals by Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic.
Boston would get a huge insurance goal as Jake DeBrusk’s one-timer just got by Shesterkin’s outstretched glove for a 4-2 lead with 9:41 remaining.
That was basically the end of the match as the Blueshirts were chasing it the rest of the way until the final buzzer.
Hampus Lindholm added an empty-netter to cap the scoring.
“I thought we swung momentum back in the second,” captain Jacob Trouba said. “They just kind of got back on top of us in the third and that was it.”
- Igor Shesterkin stopped 32 of 36
- Jimmy Vesey notched his first goal in his reunion tour
- Kaapo Kakko registered 2 assists in the game.
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