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Bruins Utterly Collapse Against New York

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) can't make the save as Boston Bruins' Daniel Paille (20) scores a goal while Rangers' Ryan McDonagh (27) tries to help during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden, in New York, Monday, April 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

Still in the hunt for a top seed, Boston decided they didn’t want it, and dropped to the New York Rangers 5-3. That was after getting a 3-0 lead. Sound like a certain Game 7? In this case, Boston controlled the 1st period, winning the shot battle 19-5. They didn’t strike until late in the period, but within a 1:37 span, they snagged a rare 2-0 lead over Henrik Lundqvist.

Boston extended their lead to 3-0 10:32 into the 2nd. But New York got themselves on the board 1:02 later. Late in the period, New York pulled within a goal on nearly a duplicate goal. Boston only got four shots off in the period, a sign that their momentum reversed in a hurry.

Keeping the pressure up in the final frame, New York finally tied the game at 16:12, and took the lead 51 seconds later, when Boston once again failed to stop the bleeding. An empty netter clinched it for the Rangers, and gave them some breathing room in their playoff hunt.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
15:16 BOS Daniel Paille (5) Tip-In – Assists: Johnny Boychuk (12) & Michael Ryder (22)
16:53 BOS Nathan Horton (25) Wrist Shot – Assists: David Krejci (49) & Milan Lucic (31)
2nd Period
10:32 BOS Chris Kelly (13) Snap Shot – Assists: Tomas Kaberle (42) & Dennis Seidenberg (24)
11:34 NYR Vinny Prospal (7) Slap Shot – Assists: Wojtek Wolski (22) & Marc Staal (22)
18:26 NYR Vinny Prospal (8) Snap Shot – Assists: Wojtek Wolski (23) & Derek Stepan (23)
3rd Period
16:12 NYR Brandon Dubinsky (24) Backhand – Assists: Ryan Callahan (25) & Artem Anisimov (25)
17:03 NYR Michael Sauer (3) Wrist Shot – Assists: Marian Gaborik (25) & Brian Boyle (14)
19:07 NYR EN – Derek Stepan (21) Wrist Shot – Assists: Ruslan Fedotenko (14) & Michael Sauer (11)

Penalty Summay

1st Period
5:55 NYR Marc Staal: Slashing – 2 min
10:15 BOS Patrice Bergeron: Tripping – 2 min
2nd Period
5:02 BOS David Krejci: Hooking – 2 min
12:28 BOS David Krejci: Slashing – 2 min
3rd Period
0:53 BOS Dennis Seidenberg: Tripping – 2 min

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
BOS Tim Thomas (L) 21/25 59:40
NYR Henrik Lundqvist (W) 27/30 59:23

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
BOS 19 4 7 30
NYR 5 9 12 26

Playoff Situation

  • Boston could finish anywhere from #1 to #3, but their magic number to be locked into the third slot is three points (three games remain).
  • New York could finish anywhere from #6 to out of the playoffs. In two games remaining, their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is three points.

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