On Tuesday night, the New York Rangers looked unstoppable against the Bruins.
Left wing Carl Hagelin scored in the middle of the first period to put the Rangers up 1-0. Center Derek Stepan whizzed a shot past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rash to make it 2-0 in the second period.
The Rangers went into the final period with a power play and a two goal lead. Defenseman Anton Stralman made it a 3-0 lead, a minute after the Bruins killed the Rangers 5-3 power play.
The commanding lead made it seem like goalie Henrik Lunqvist was going to earn another shut out, but then the game took a sharp left turn after Bruins’ center David Krejci scored with 11 minutes left to play in regulation.
“No big deal” thought the fans, “we are still up by two goals and we are going to come out with an easy win.” Well, these same fans were feverously biting their nails during the last 91 seconds after two Bruins, Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand, scored to tie the game, thus sending this battle between original six foes into overtime.
Lundqvist and Rask stared each other down from opposite ends of the ice late Tuesday evening, as the game was on the line. Lundqvist denied two Bruins (Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron), and Rask followed suit by denying previous winner Marion Gaborik. The last matchup between these two teams ended up going to overtime, and Gaborik clinched the victory for the Broadway Blueshirts with his third goal of the night.
Newly acquired Ranger, Rick Nash, helped his team out by blasting a shot past Rask. Marchand, the reason the Bruins are in this situation, once again helped out his team and scored for Boston to tie the shootout at one a piece.
Ranger Brad Richards was unable to score, as was David Krejci. Captain Ryan Callahan flew down the ice, glaring at Rask as he set his sights on the net. Callahan aimed, fired and then the buzzer sounded—the game was over as Callahan came through in the clutch to help his team obtain yet another victory against the Boston Bruins.
For the fans that are uneasy about how the Rangers performed the other day—don’t be.
It was a fluke, and coach John Tortorella will have the boys in blue back to clinching the game early. And hey, who didn’t want a little excitement in their night on a boring Tuesday?
LET’S GO RANGERS!!!
2/17—Washington Capitals vs. NYR @ 6:00pm
2/19—Montreal Canadians vs. NYR @ 7:00pm
2/21—NYR vs. Ottawa Senators @ 7:30pm
2/23—NYR vs. Montreal Canadians @7:00pm
-Patrick Van Dyke