BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 14: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers is congratulated by teammate Marian Gaborik #10 after Callahan scored in the first period against the Boston Bruins on February 14, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tuesday night, Boston played 20 great minutes,10 good ones, 20 mediocre ones and 10 bad ones.
It was the ten bad ones that did them in as Boston fell 3-0 to the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers.
Ryan Callahan scored his sixth goal in the last four games to lead the scoring off for New York. It would prove to be all the offense the Blueshirts needed, as they continued their hot play, winning their fourth game in a row and all but taking the season series from Boston.
There were moments of brilliance for the Black and Gold, many of them involving the kid wearing number 19. Seguin skated circles around the Rangers, but as is so often the case against New York, he and his teammates weren't able to find holes when they needed them.
Amid a series of line rotations that Claude Julien never would have thought up 12 months ago, the Bruins struggled to find their rhythm and continued their rocky play; Boston hasn't won consecutive games now for 33 days.
A series of strong second period shifts gave the Bruins hope, as they outshot New York 14-5 in the period, but left the ice with nothing to show for it.
Henrik Lundqvist was again superb in net for New York, stopping each of the 42 Boston shots that he faced.
Midway through the third period, it appeared that Dennis Seidenberg had scored, but the shot landed in the apron netting and not the goal, and the goal was waved off.