by Patrick Hoffman on 03/04/12 at 06:42 PM ET
Going into the afternoon tilt, one probably thought it was going to be a defensive battle for 60 minutes.
Instead, 7 goals were scored with the New York Rangers coming out on top over the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-3. It was not easy but the Rangers did what they had to do to win.
For starters, the team was able to get two big ones in the first period on goals by Ruslan Fedotenko and Carl Hagelin. The goals came 1:10 apart as the team took advantage of a somewhat tired Bruins hockey club coming off a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders yesterday afternoon at the TD Garden.
However, Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien called a timeout after the second Blueshirts’ goal and did not say a word. Sometimes, silence really is golden.
The message was sent and from that point on until the third period, the Bruins dominated the hockey hockey game. They scored two goals (Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron) and outshot the Rangers 24-11 through two periods.
Because Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was able to keep it 2-2 heading into the third period. The Rangers would come through with a much better effort to star the third period as Marian Gaborik scored his 32nd goal on a bad giveaway by Bruins’ defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.
The Bruins would battle back once again to tie the game just over 8 minutes later on a goal by David Krejci but the Rangers, much like they have done all season, would not back down from the challenge.
With just over eight minutes to go in the hockey game, Rangers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto skated the puck up the ice and into the Rangers’ zone by dropping it for Derek Stepan. Stepan skated in just a little bit and wristed one past Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas’s glove to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead.
The rest as they say was history and the Blueshirts ended up coming away with two big points. With the win, the Rangers remain on top of both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference with 91 points, putting them 12 points ahead of the Bruins and 10 points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Rangers will be back in action on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center to take on the New Jersey Devils. These two clubs met last Monday with the Rangers winning by a score of 2-0 in a game that saw only 28 combined shots.
The Rangers will need to bring forth a bit of a better effort in two nights if they want to come away with two points and keep increasing their division and conference-leading lead.
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