Coming off a dominant 6-2 victory on Friday, the Bruins outplayed the New York Rangers in a Sunday Matinee. The Rangers won three of four games and the Bruins gave up 13 goals over their last two games. The Rangers were without Filip Chytil who is still getting up to game speed. Kaapo Kakko remained on the covid list and Artemi Panarin was still out. Playing a frustrated Bruins team that just played back-to-back bad games, something changed. Sunday’s game had a different feel for the Rangers and it looked like they just couldn’t get anything going whatsoever.
The Bruins set the tone early and continued to dominate, willing their way through this game. The Rangers played a really low energy game and just went through the motions. An early Rangers penalty followed by a Bruins penalty set up a four-on-four. Charlie Coyle made a beautiful move to the net to open the scoring for the Bruins. With under two minutes to go in the first period, Trent Frederic tipped home a Connor Clifton shot to make it 2-0. In the second period, the Bruins outplayed the Rangers and Charlie McAvoy scored to make it 3-0.
In the third period, the story remained the same even when the Rangers got on the board. Colin Blackwell received a pass in the high slot from Alexis Lafrenière. Blackwell walked down the slot and sniped a shot past Tuukka Rask to make it 3-1. Outside of that shot, the Rangers had nothing going. The Rangers received a power play with under four minutes left in the game and did not convert. Before the power play ended and with the goalie pulled, Coyle cleared the puck the length of the ice and into the empty net to make it 4-1, the final score. This is definitely not the kind of game the Rangers wanted to play, unable to get anything going.
A Recipe For Disaster
The Rangers really did not have it in this game against the Bruins and that showed from the start. After Ryan Strome’s early penalty, Nick Ritchie fell on goal Alexandar Georgiev, which Ryan Lindgren took exception to. Georgiev eventually left for the remainder of the first period for concussion protocol. Ritchie received a double minor for roughing and Lindgren a roughing minor. Another penalty after the Coyle goal gave the Rangers a power play. The Rangers had one shot on goal during their extended power plays which really showed just how the game went. The Rangers were beaten to almost every puck, lost several board battles, and seemed to just dump and change every other shift. When you combine those three things it’s a recipe for disaster against any team, especially a top team like the Bruins.
The Rangers are coming off an 11 game stretch where they played 10 games against the eastern division’s top dogs. New York will now have a three-game stretch against the Sabres and Devils. The Rangers are currently 7-9-3 and six points out of the final playoff spot in the division following the loss to the Bruins. With 37 games to go in the season, it may seem like there’s still time, but when every game is against a division opponent, wins are super important now more than ever. The Rangers will meet the Sabres on Tuesday and are expecting to have Chytil back in the lineup which should give a little boost to the offense and flow. To conclude, the Rangers are in dire need of flow after a game like Sunday where they were all over the place.