Final, Bruins 3-2: That’s it and that’s all.
There were a few desperate moments for the Rangers in the final seconds, but they couldn’t quite find the game-tying goal, and the Bruins will come away with a hard-fought 3-2 win.
Third period, 19:05, Bruins 3-2: The Rangers have pulled Henrik Lundqvist for the extra attacker and have used their timeout.
Third period, 17:40, Bruins 3-2: Milan Lucic just hopped out of the penalty box, and the Bruins have killed off the penalty.
Third period, 15:26, Bruins 3-2: The Bruins will have to kill off at least one penalty before it’s all said and done.
The B’s were just called for too many men on the ice, and the penalty kill will have to step up here.
Third period, 14:17, Bruins 3-2: It hasn’t necessarily been pretty, but the Bruins are starting to really take control of this game.
They fell down 2-1 with 5:34 to play in the first period, but they have taken it to the Rangers since then. The Blueshirts have just 10 shots since the second period began, as the Bruins have been suffocating with a real solid forecheck.
Third period, 11:07, Bruins 3-2: Zdeno Chara is having himself an afternoon.
The Bruins captain just gave the B’s a 3-2 lead with an absolute bomb from the top of the slot. It didn’t look like there was a ton of traffic in front, but Chara absolutely blasted one by Henrik Lundqvist to give the B’s a 3-2 lead.
Third period, 9:56, 2-2: Right on cue, the Rangers get some pressure on the Bruins from the fourth line of all places. The New York fourth line grinded down the B’s fourth line in the Boston end for about 30 seconds.
The Bruins almost got a scoring chance out of it all, though, when an errant pass went up the boards and out of the zone. Daniel Paille raced it down, but he couldn’t quite get a good shooting angle thanks to some hustle-heavy back-checking from the Rangers.
Third period, 6:47, 2-2: The Bruins are continuing to put pressure on the Rangers, and the first line is starting to click for Boston. They have been really solid so far int his one, and while they haven’t been able to cash in any of those chances, they continue to put the pressure on.
Speaking of pressure, it’s been a while since the Rangers have had a legitimate scoring chance, which is a testament to the greater emphasis put on the defensive game by the Bruins as this one moves along.
Third period, 1:35, 2-2: Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of luck to get things going.
The Bruins just got off to a heck of a start to this period as they have tied the game, with some puck luck.
Brad Marchand did great work in the offensive zone and was strong on the puck as to avoid the turnover. He then found Patrice Bergeron in the slot. Bergeron put the shot on net, and it ended up hitting Dan Girardi in front as he jockeyed for position with Lou Eriksson. The puck bounced off Girardi and it went by Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game.
Third period, 0:02, Rangers 2-1: The third period is underway.
The Rangers are 9-0-0 when leading after two periods, while the Bruins are just 1-5-0 when trailing after two.
End second period, Rangers 2-1: The Bruins had a couple of good chances in the final seconds, especially when Dan Girardi lost his stick behind the net.
However, the Bruins couldn’t get a shot on net in those fleeting few seconds and the period came to an end with the Rangers holding the one-goal lead.
Second period, 14:57, Rangers 2-1: This one just got good.
The Bruins were going onto the power play, and that’s wiped out when David Krejci was called for charging, which eventually led to Henrik Lundqvist being knocked over.
That led to a scrum in front of the net with plenty of words being exchanged. Finally, Zdeno Chara was able to get Brian Boyle out of the scrum, and they eventually dropped the gloves. That was a bad idea for Boyle who got the worst of it when it was all said and done.
All of the penalties — Krejci for charging, Anton Stralman for slashing and the two fighting majors — balance out and cancel each other out.
Second period, 10:30, Rangers 2-1: More good pressure from the Boston first line leads to more chances, but no goals.
Milan Lucic did some good work in front of the net to generate traffic, and he almost set up Jarome Iginla on a puck that ended up going through the New York crease.
Second period, 8:30, Rangers 2-1: The Bruins’ third line continues to generate chances, but they can’t find the back of the net.
Adam McQuaid’s shot was tipped and it fell at the feet of Chris Kelly, who kicked it to himself, but he couldn’t finish in front. Just a few seconds later, Torey Krug’s shot was tipped in front and it went wide.
Second period, 6:00, Rangers 2-1: The Bruins’ first line just had a good shift in the New York end, which counts as news at this point. They have been pretty sluggish as of late, and maybe that’s something that jump-starts them in this one at least.
But again, with this team, it’s all about consistency and sustaining the positives for an extended period of time. They haven’t been able to do that all season, and they haven’t been able to do that this afternoon.
They have tightened up defensively, though. The Rangers have just one shot on goal in the second period so far, as the Bruins have possessed the puck for the bulk of the period. As has been the case lately, though, they don’t have much to show for it.
Second period, 1:45, Rangers 2-1: The penalty to Brad Marchand just expired.
Second period, 0:01, Rangers 2-1: The second period has begun.
End first period, Rangers 2-1: The first period just came to an end and an entertaining one it was.
Brad Marchand will have to serve 1:15 of penalty time to being the second period.
First period, 19:14, Rangers 2-1: It’s been an adventurous first period for Brad Marchand, a period he’ll likely end in the penalty box.
The Bruins forward was called for catching John Moore with the high stick, and the B’s will be shorthanded for the rest of the period — assuming there’s not a goal or another Rangers penalty.
First period, 16:40, Rangers 2-1: The Ranger’ power play ends like their first one did — with a penalty.
Chris Kelly forced a turnover in the neutral zone, and he would have had a breakaway, but he was tripped by Derick Brassard, which will send the Rangers center to the penalty box and canceling out the Zdeno Chara penalty.
First period, 15:16, Rangers 2-1: This one could be slipping away from the Bruins already.
Rick Nash got free in the Boston zone, and Zdeno Chara was pretty much forced to hook the New York forward. Chara is going to the box, and the ice is very tilted all of a sudden.
First period, 14:26, Rangers 2-1: And the Rangers now have the lead.
Tuukka Rask was screened in front of the net, and Ryan McDonagh knew exactly what to do with that. He just flipped a puck on net from the left point, and it was apparently tipped in front by Benoit Pouliot.
Either way, it got by Tuukka Rask, and the Rangers lead 2-1.
First period, 13:04, 1-1: Rick Nash is a pretty god hockey player.
The big Rangers forward just outworked just about every player in a black sweater as he brought the puck around the net and got through a handful of Bruins before putting a shot on goal as he fell to the ice.
That shot ended up beating Tuukka Rask and the game is tied.
First period, 11:48, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins are the first to strike.
Zdeno Chara made a nice play to weave in and out of traffic to get into the slot before putting a shot on goal that was stopped. He cycled through and eventually got the puck back and passed it across the slot to Brad Marchand on the right wing.
The winger one-timed the shot by Henrik Lundqvist, and the Bruins take the 1-0 lead.
First period, 8:27, 0-0: The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty, but the Rangers did have a good chance early in the man-advantage.
Mats Zuccarello broke in all alone, but he was stopped by Tuukka Rask on what was pretty close to point-blank range.
First period, 6:06, 0-0: Things are getting testy here in the first period.
Milan Lucic was just tangled up in front with someone, and while that was going on, there was a scuffle behind the play with Torey Krug and Rick Nash. Apparently Adam McQuaid was involved at some point because both he and Krug are in the penalty box.
Nash is in there as well, but the Rangers will get the power play as all three get roughing penalties.
First period, 4:30, 0-0: The Bruins are buzzing, but they have nothing to show for it so far.
Carl Soderberg’s shot from the right faceoff circle was stopped by Henrik Lundqvist, but Reilly Smith was there to try and score ont he rebound. He couldn’t do that, however, as he couldn’t get the shot off in front.
Already today we’ve seen issues with finishing, which has been an issue for much of the season.
First period, 3:11, 0-0: The Bruins just had a real heckuva chance, but they got a little unlucky.
Patrice Bergeron found Zdeno Chara in front of the net, and he appeared to beat Henrik Lundqvist for a backhanded tip, but the puck hit where the cross bar meets the post, and the game remains scoreless.
First period, 1:03, 0-0: So much for that.
Eleven seconds into the Rangers power play, Chris Kreider is called for tripping, and we’ll play four-on-four for a while.
First period, 0:52, 0-0: Not the start the Bruins were looking for.
Loui Eriksson was just called for hooking.
First period, 0:01, 0-0: And we’re off. The game is underway.
1:10 p.m.: The Bruins’ roster has been made official, and Dennis Seidenberg will indeed be making his return. So, too, will Shawn Thornton after being scratched Wednesday night.
As expected, Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski will sit to make room for them.
Also, don’t know if this is something worth keeping an eye on, but the roster report says the Bruins will start a line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Reilly Smith — not Jarome Iginla.
1 p.m.: Warmups are over, and it looks like Dennis Seidenberg will be back in the Bruins lineup. He took line rushes with Dougie Hamilton, and it appears Seidenberg is back in and Matt Bartkowski is out.Bruins-Rangers Live: B’s, Rangers Get Underway at TD Garden in Black Friday Matinee
Shawn Thornton also appears to be back in the lineup, while Jordan Caron will go back to being a healthy scratch.
Tuukka Rask gets the start in net for the Bruins and Henrik Lundqvist will go for the Rangers.
12:30 p.m.: Good afternoon from TD Garden where we’re just moments away from this one getting underway with pregame warmups.
When that gets going, it’s expected that Dennis Seidenberg will be on the ice. It’s still unclear whether he’ll play, but we’ll keep an eye on who he’s taking line rushes with and how many he does, which should let us know if he’s in.
11:30 a.m.: The Bruins are coming off of one of their worst performances in a long, long time, and hopefully for their sake, they won’t have any sort of Thanksgiving hangover Friday when they take on the Rangers.
The B’s host the Blueshirts in what has become the annual day-after-Thanksgiving matinee, and they’ll be looking to rebound from easily their worst showing all season Wednesday night. Boston was spanked by the Red Wings on Thanksgiving Eve, as Detroit rocked the Bruins 6-1 in a real disheartening effort.
No one in Black and Gold was happy with the effort, of course, and the Bruins were right back out there for practice Thanksgiving morning. The B’s were slated to practice regardless, but the intensity was probably kicked up a notch or seven after the ugly performance Wednesday in Detroit. The club then decided hold a rare team meeting following practice at the Garden.
Things won’t get any easier Friday when they welcome a Rangers team that has won six of its last 10. The Rangers badly outplayed the Bruins on Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden, but Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stood on his head to keep the B’s in the game long enough to steal the win. That same kind of effort Friday afternoon probably won’t be enough.
Faceoff from the Garden is slated for 1 p.m.
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