The Rangers could thank their fans for an epic showdown against long-time original six rivals, the Boston Bruins. The energy of the crowd allowed the hockey club to get back to normalcy, scoring many goals, and ultimately winning the game. This was a very important match for the Broadway Blueshirts, being without Artemi Panarin for the second consecutive game, along with youngster Kaapo Kakko. But that didn’t matter because the Rangers proved they can fight for glory. Let’s breakdown the recent game from Friday night on a cold day in February.
It was a great first period for the New York Rangers as they took on their rival, the Boston Bruins. Both teams came out strong, hoping to draw first blood on Friday night. After a big fight from both squads, the Broadway Blueshirts were able to pull out and get the crowd on their feet. The Rangers went on top by a goal from Phillip Di Giuseppe, assisted by Julien Gauthier and defenseman Ryan Lindgren. With the fans in the stands, not only were the Rangers able to obtain the great energy to perform but also pushed themselves to come out of the period with the lead. After the period, the score ended in 1-0 in favor of the Rangers with 9 shots on goal compared to Boston’s 6.
What a period for the Rangers, but what exactly went down? The Rangers opened up with power and belief and it all paid out to their advantage. First, Ryan Strome was able to capitalize off an amazing feed from Alexis Lafrenière. Two very short minutes after the second Rangers goal, Patrice Bergeron scored on Alexandar Georgiev to put the Bruins on the score sheet. The goal was assisted by Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, Boston’s best line of the season. From that point on, the Ranger fans weren’t sure how the end product would turn out. But guess what? The Rangers were on fire! Goals coming from Colin Blackwell, and Chris Kreider to end the period. Now, the score was 4-1, still favoring the Rangers with a high chance of winning the game.
It only took 1:45 minutes into the final period for the Broadway Blueshirts to get back on the role. A goal by Pavel Buchnevich, assisted by Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren gave the Rangers a 5-1 lead in the Friday night rivals matchup. Although the Bruins kept pushing with perseverance, that didn’t stop the Rangers from scoring again. This time it was Jonny Brodzinski scoring his first goal as a Rangers with assists from Brendan Smith and Kevin Rooney. Soon with about 8 minutes played in the third period, Brad Marchand scored a goal which did not play a factor in the final result as the Rangers left the ice, saluting the fans for an amazing 6-2 win!
The three stars of the game were Ryan Lindgren (2 assists, +3 rating), Adam Fox (2 assists, +2 rating), and Ryan Strome (1 goal, 2 assists, +2 rating). All eyes are on Sunday’s game at noon in a rematch, this time being televised across the country on NBC.