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If love was in the air on Valentine’s Day at the TD Garden Tuesday night, the Bruins weren’t feeling it. They had a chance to send the Garden faithful home happy by making up some ground on the East-leading New York Rangers, but instead, the B’s lost 3-0.
The Rangers have now won their fourth straight game and are a whopping nine points ahead of the B’s in the Eastern Conference standings.
“No doubt, right now they’re playing the best,” Julien said. “They’re playing like we did last year when we were playing well. Right now that’s the identity we’re looking for again.”
Henrik Lundqvist broke the B’s hearts again (OK, enough with the Valentine’s Day puns), finishing with 42 saves to complete his NHL-best seventh shutout of the season.
Tim Thomas was nowhere near as impressive as Lundqvist, who made several acrobatic stops throughout the game. Thomas finished with 17 saves on just 20 shots faced, and his team dropped to just 3-5 since he skipped the team’s White House visit in January. While this should have nothing to do with anything…it’s definitely worth noting.
Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Artem Anisimov scored for the Rangers.
The Bruins had a couple close chances, though. Milan Lucic thought he scored during a scrum in the first period (he did not), while Dennis Seidenberg fired a shot that got stuck in the padding on the side of the net in the third period.
Boston will open a six-game road trip in Montreal on Wednesday night.