The Bruins were able to edge out a 3-2 victory over the New Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, and Mark Recchi found the back of the net in the 3-2 road win, while Tim Thomas made 34 saves to secure his 10th victory of the season.
After a scoreless 27:10 of hockey, Brandon Dubinsky gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead on a power play goal with Nathan Horton looking on from the penalty box after being tagged with a 4-minute double minor for high-sticking. Dubinsky skated the puck in the zone on an odd man rush along the right wing boards, made a look as if he was going to pass the puck into the slot, and sent a low wrister towards the net from the right circle that beat Tim Thomas on the short side. Dubinsky's 11th goal of the season was setup by Ryan Callahan and goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Milan Lucic 7th goal of the season tied it up just under 4 minutes after Dubinsky's strike. Patrice Bergeron's forechecking efforts deep in the right wing corner created an errant pass that was easily picked off by Nathan Horton along the right wing wall. Horton slid a pass to Lucic all alone in the slot and #17 deposited the puck into the net for the equalizer.
Tyler Seguin put the B's ahead at 2-1 with 3:25 left in the second period. Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy could not control the puck at his offensive blue line and Seguin took possession of the puck tand raced up the right wing and fired a laser of a wrist shot that beat Lundqvist up high on the glove side for the kid's 4th NHL goal.
Mark Recchi extended the Bruins' lead to 3-1 1:10 into the third period. Recchi threw a wrister on net from the right wing. Lundqvist looked like he had the shot smothered up, but somehow trickled through his pads for Recchi's 2nd marker of the season. Mark Stuart and Dennis Seidenberg picked up the helpers on Recchi's 565th career goal.
Marian Gaborik pulled the Rangers to within one at 5:26 of the third period. Dennis Seidenberg tried to dump the puck into the attacking zone, but had the puck batted down by Derek Stepan. Stephan lugged the puck in along the left wing boards and hit Gaborik with a pass in the slot. Gaborik made a quick move and beat Tim Thomas for his 4th goal of the '10-'11 campaign.
The Bruins had to kill off a 5-on-3 Rangers power play late in the third period after a high-sticking call on Andrew Ference and a delay of game call on Zdeno Chara with about 6 minutes to play. The Rangers had several scoring chances with the two man advantage, but Tim Thomas made some big stops and the Bruins were able to sustain the the pressure of the NYR power play and ultimately hang on for the win.
- The B's were outshot 36-20 by the Rangers, but were able to capitalize on the Rangers' mistakes to earn their 10th win of the season.
- It took the Bruins 22 games to reach the 10 win mark last year. This year, the accomplished the feat in 16 games.
- The double-minor high-sticking call has to go. It is without a doubt the worst rule in hockey. Just because a guy takes an inadvertent stick to the face and draws a drop of blood, should not warrant an extra 2 minutes. I get the reasoning (in theory at least) that players will be more careful with their sticks if they could get called for the extra two minutes. It is still a horse shit rule. If it is not intent to injure, leave it at two minutes.
- Dennis "Dikembe" Seidenberg led the Bruins in blocked shots again with 3. Seidenberg is currently tied for second in the NHL in blocked shots with 47 blocked shots. Who wants to sex Seidenberg?
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- The Bruins return to action tomorrow night when they return home to face Dennis Wideman and the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.