As it turns out, these Czech fellows are pretty good!
David Krejci, David Pastrnak, and Pavel Zacha combined for three goals and eight points to lift the Bruins to a back-and-forth 5-4 win over the Rangers in Manhattan.
The B’s headed into the first intermission down 3-1, but ended the second period up 4-3.
After Kaapo Kaako tied it for the Rangers early in the third, Mike Reilly scored about six minutes later to give the B’s a 5-4 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
All in all, a pretty entertaining affair, especially for preseason.
Mika Zibanejad got the scoring started for the Rangers just 30 seconds into the game. 1-0 Rangers.
Jake DeBrusk would equalize two minutes later, collecting a loose puck in the slot to make it a 1-1 game.
Jake DeBrusk evens things up.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) October 5, 2022
Good work by both Studnicka and McLaughlin down low to keep the play alive.
Zibanejad struck again with two minutes left in the first, deflecting a shot high in the slot and make it 2-1 Rangers.
That's it, it's Mika October pic.twitter.com/hH3q2TTCRQ— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 5, 2022
Things snowballed a bit for the B’s, as Kaapo Kaako would add another just over a minute later to make it 3-1 Rangers.
THINK FAST SKATE FAST THINK FAST SKATE FAST pic.twitter.com/h2r2wMBves— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 5, 2022
Not to be deterred, the Czechs took over in the second period.
First it was Pavel Zacha unassisted to make it 3-2 Rangers...
...then it was Pastrnak from Krejci and Zacha to make it a 3-3 game...
Krejci serves before he eats. pic.twitter.com/ttLPeYFAuE— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 6, 2022
...and just to round things out, we got Krejci from Pastrnak and Zacha to make it 4-3 Bruins.
Kaako got one back for the Rangers in the third, making it a 4-4 game.
TWO A'S, TWO K'S, TWO GOALS pic.twitter.com/WtiZ7YC3N7— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 6, 2022
However, in a game filled with goals, Mike Reilly scored arguably the prettiest one of the night to give the Bruins the game-winner and make it 5-4 Bruins.
And that was it! 5-4 for the good guys.
Jeremy Swayman played all 60 for the B’s, making 28 saves.