Bruins May Prefer a First-Round Clash With Canadiens After Tough Loss to Rangers

The Bruins had the game in their hands early, and gave it away just as quickly at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

The B's had a 3-0 lead in the second period, and held on for a 3-2 lead late into the third until the Rangers picked up speed and scored three goals in the final four minutes to earn the 5-3 win. The Bruins may have already clinched their division, but the loss was discouraging, especially considering the B's dominant first period.

Former Bruins enforcer Lyndon Byers was disgusted by the loss, saying the Bruins lost their heads in the second period, and were giving pucks away right and left in the third, leaving Tim Thomas swamped in front of the net.

"The third period was just awful," Byers said. "Bruins collapsing on Tim Thomas, defensemen picking the wrong side of the net leaving lanes open, it was just ugly."

Byers went on to say that this Rangers team is not one that he would like to meet in the playoffs. In fact, the former bruiser said he'd rather meet up with the rivaled Canadiens than face off with this tough Rangers squad for a playoff series.

To hear more from Byers, check out the video above from NESN Daily.

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