Rangers Have a “Raskal” of a Time With Boston
Sunday night at the Garden was a not so Happy Birthday for Henrik Lundqvist as the Bruins scored 6 times on him. We said in the pre-game report how difficult it would be to beat this Bruins team. The first period looked promising with 21 shots but Tukka Rask was up to the task and only allowed a J.T. Miller breakaway goal in the first period.
The Rangers had a tremendous forecheck early on and controlled the pace until the end of the first period where Jerome Iginla was left all alone in the slot. Milan Lucic took 2 Rangers out of the play and Krejci set up the goal. Boston regrouped after the first period and stormed back against the Rangers with little resistance the rest of the way.
It doesn’t get much better for the Blueshirts who continued to make mistakes with bad turnovers and a crippling inability to finish. Boston got behind the Rangers defense multiple times and outclassed the Rangers with great puck movement and shot selection as Lundqvist simply had no help.
Benoit Pouilot, and Ryan Callahan missed on multiple opportunities to get this game within reach while Boston took advantage of every Ranger mistake, the best example was Gregory Campbell’s short handed goal as Brad Richards was playing point and was caught in no man’s land. Louie Eriksson had possession along the boards while being covered by Dan Girardi. He waited as Campbell snuck in from center ice and slid a pass that went by a clueless Richards for the easy goal.
This loss stings more as the worst possible result happened in the matinee game with Philadelphia and Washington going into overtime. The Flyers now hold the second spot in the Metropolitan division, and Washington has pulled closer to the Rangers who are now clinging to the third spot in the division. Luckily for the Rangers they will have till Wednesday to regroup against the Maple Leafs, the six or seven million dollar question is “What changes will be made to the Rangers before then?”
Alain Vigneault Postgame — 3/2 https://t.co/hvW0h74j20
— FullTilt Rangers (@NYR_FullTilt) March 3, 2014