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The Rangers stunned the Bruins Saturday with a last second goal in overtime 3-2.
Sixty minutes wasnt enough time to have a winner in the game. It was a slow start to the game with no goals in the first period. The Rangers took the first lead in the second but the Bruins responded with a fight and a goal, and both teams added another goal each, forcing overtime. Marian Gaborik scored the overtime winner after a couple of point-blank chances for the Rangers.
Early in the first period, the Bruins were all over the Rangers with 3 shifts in a row in the offensive zone, but Lundqvist stayed calm in his net and weathered the storm. Tuukka Rask was tested in the early going as well due to more sloppy play by the Bruins in the defensive zone.
The first goal of the game came from Ryan Callahan at 1:31 of the second period. The goal game only ten seconds after a unsuccessful Bruins power play.
Marian Gaborik got a gift of a bounce of a Bruins defender and let a slap shot go from the circle to beat Rask; there was not much Rask could do in that situation. That second goal came at 14:30 of the second period.
Rask played well but not well enough to take two points, as he made 29 saves on the day. Lundqvist saw more shots than Tuukka and handled them, making 34 saves in the game.
There was not much offense in the first period and that was expected, as the Bruins and Rangers are very similar teams with good defense and great goaltending. Both teams had chances, but no goals in the first 20 minutes.
The Bruins seemed to make it known that they wanted traffic in front of Lundqvist in the early going while crashing his goal every time he covered a puck.
Call it a goal-scoring streak for defenseman Andrew Ference, who scored the Bruins’ first goal and his second in as many games. The goal came at 3:28 of the second, the shift after Shawn Thornton fought to spark the team.
It was interesting to not see Tyler Seguin get on the ice during a two-minute four-on-four in the second period, the camera showed him on the bench after the four on four and he didn’t look like a happy 19-year-old.
The Bruins had some unlikely goal scores for the game, as Adam Mcquaid tied the game late in the second on a wrist shot the deflected off of a Ranger player. The goal came at 19:11 of the second period.
The power play was the difference: the Bruins went 0-4 on the man advantage. The Rangers, meanwhile, went 1-4, but the one came in overtime on a major penalty.