The New York Rangers lose a hard-fought game to the Boston Bruins by a score of 4 goals to none. It was obviously not the game David Quinn expected going into tonight. The team was on the road today in an empty TD Garden, hoping to win after hearing delightful news about Artemi Panarin‘s return. Though he didn’t play tonight, the rest of the Rangers should’ve come out ready to go against their biggest rival of the season thus far. Let’s break down the action by the three periods.
It was once again the Broadway Blueshirts coming into the game with great chances but no goals to show for. Although the Rangers outshot the Bruins by a total of 14-9, they still could not find a way to breakthrough. Many pucks were thrown at the net, hoping for great rebounded opportunities to cash on, but no work was produced. The Bruins received a goal a little over four minutes into the period from the blue-line from David Pastrnak assisted by Brad Marchand as well as Patrice Bergeron. Soon enough the pace of the game had slowed down and the Rangers were given a powerplay. A bad giveaway to the opposition, and then Patrice Bergeron had scored a tapped in short-handed goal. The period ended with the Bruins having the advantage by a score of 2-0.
The Rangers could not help themselves in the second period, once again giving up 2 goals, this time in a matter of two minutes. David Krejci was able to open his scoring mark for the season, scoring on the Boston powerplay. Only a minute later, Krejci assisted Jake DeBrusk to give the Bruins their fourth goal of the game. After that, Alexandar Georgiev was pulled from the net, and Keith Kinkaid stepped in between the pipes. The Rangers could not achieve anything in the second period and hope they hopefully start to generate even more chances. Total after 40 minutes of play: 4-0 Bruins with shots totaling 16-17 in favor of the Rangers.
Rangers Third Period
Even though the Rangers were on the ball during the final period of play, they were not able to make a miraculous comeback, losing the game by a score of 4-0. No goals were scored during the third period, and only 10 shots were produced by the New Yorkers. If the Rangers want to continue making a push at the playoffs, they need all their players to be healthy and start scoring goals. The Boston Bruins go home happy with the blowout and will think they have an advantage for Saturday’s afternoon game. Will the Rangers bounce back or extend their losing streak to four games? Only time will tell, as the team must re-evaluate their decisions.