For a back-to-back game, this is a good one to hope for: playing against a team admittedly in tank-ish mode that traded one of their players earlier in the day. How did it go?
The Bruins were forced to kill aNOTHer early penalty, to the hero of yesterday Patrice Bergeron - tripping against Mika Zibanejad. Guess he can’t be perfect everyday. On the kill, Chris Wagner had an awesome shorthanded chance after Kevin Shattenkirk tipped down a high right in front of him, springing Wagner on a break. Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev wrapped it up to keep things tied.
The B’s also endured a long possession by the Rangers, and after they were so tired they couldn’t buy a bounce to get the puck out, Matt Grzelcyk saved the day and made a great outlet pass to clear the zone.
Rangers D Marc Staal got sent off for a crosscheck, sending Boston on the power play; no dice. They had a handful of great chances following the end of the PP, but weren’t able to get a stick on one particular loose puck in the crease.
On a well-controlled rush, Zibanejad found himself wide open in the high slot and scored on a rocket of a shot with 2:15 to play in the first.
Mika Zibanejad walks in and hammers home his 22nd of the season! pic.twitter.com/WdQp9VaG8m— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 7, 2019
A looked-blindside-but-was-probably-incidental roughing penalty to Sean Kuraly and some followup stickwork from Jimmy Vesey would put both teams down a skater with about 50 seconds to play, as Vesey and Kuraly finished the period in the locker room.
Penalty time ended, no fanfare. Kevan Miller took a crosschecking penalty, no fanfare. The B’s showed promise on stick plays - passing lanes and board battles - but seemed to be a half-stride behind every Ranger player. Matt Grzelcyk is still crushin’ it, and launched a quick shot towards the net that was favorably tipped by Danton Heinen.
A minute later, as Cassidy tuned his lines, David Krejci centered to David Pastrnak at the top of the crease, who nailed the David tap-in, putting the Bruins up 2-1.
Bergeron took a second penalty (!?!?!), though just after it expired, the Rangers went shorthanded themselves, and Saint Bumper tipped in a quick’n’low wrist shot from Torey Krug to pad the Bruins’ lead. 3-1, Boston.
Angst would continue with some pushing and shoving, most notably between Carlo and Mats Zuccarello with about 3 and a half minutes to go and resulting in matching penalties. The flow of the game stabilized for the rest of the frame.
Boston came out fired up, but that faded somewhat quickly. Through a full bench rotation, the B’s connected one successful pass in the offensive zone. It was a few more shifts of futility before the B’s pushed back, causing a few turnovers before the Rangers could attack.
When Heinen picked off a pass and ended up at the top of the right circle it looked like Boston was completely in control, but on the next rush, the Rangers drove straight up the middle and had a 97%-breakaway, saved by Halak. Jimmy Vesey collected the rebound and gave the puck to Kevin Hayes, alone in the slot with no goalie in sight. 3-2, Bruins lead.
Kevin Hayes cuts the Bruins lead to 3-1. Really good stretch pass by Tony DeAngelo to Pavel Buchnevich on the play pic.twitter.com/ls955LZOsE— Fitz (@FitzGSN_) February 7, 2019
A very untimely penalty on Charlie McAvoy yielded a power play goal, because FINE. TIE THE GAME. SEE WHAT WE CARE.
The game opened up with some back-and-forth rushes before the Rangers collected the puck and retreated to kill the clock.
MAYHEM. You should probably just watch the whole OT, but here’s just. one. save.
Jaroslav Halak with larceny in OT ... Mika couldn't elevate it over the glove. pic.twitter.com/sQ5ESLQ7hg— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) February 7, 2019
For the third round, Zibanejad scored, followed by a Marchand score. Tony DeAngelo would win it for Boston after a Georgiev save on David Krejci sealed the deal.
Next up, the Los Angeles Kings visit Boston for a 1PM game and the ceremony for Bergeron’s 1000th game.