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The Bruins fell to the Rangers 4-3 in a Sunday matinée in New York. Once again the Bruins out shot their opponents by a significant number and come up short. Henrik Lundqvist played some of his best hockey against the Bruins, with 30 saves this afternoon helping the Rangers to a victory. Tim Thomas wasn’t on top of his game today, he saw 17 shots and four of those got behind him. The Bruins tied it up at three halfway through the third but the Rangers went back on top for good less than a minute later.
The Bruins are still near the top of the NHL in goals scored per game, that is only because of the monster November that this team had. The offense hasn’t been the same for a while now. With new players trying to fit in and players going down with injuries it is easy to pin the offensive struggles on that. Lets look deeper than that.
Today the Bruins had 33 shots, three of those were goals. Of the 33 shots on goal 17 of them came from defensemen. Average goalies in this league can handle shots from the point, Lundqvist is arguably the best goalie in the league. The offense spends too much time pushing the puck along the boards and working it back to the point.
The Rangers had 17 shots with four goals, of the 17 shots only five came from defensemen.
Coincidence? I will let you be the judge of that. Keep an eye on where the shots come from for this team for the remainder of the season.
The Rangers are now running away with the Eastern Conference after beating the second place Bruins. The two teams want to play the same way: tough to play against, block shots, excellent goaltending, and timely goal scoring.
Lundqvist has won the goalie battle against the Bruins this season, winning in all three meetings with one more scheduled for April first.
The Rangers have had nothing but timely goals during the season series. Today was a perfect example as David Krejci tied the game up and the Rangers came right back with the game winner.
If these two teams meet in the playoffs chances are the series will go the distance, as the top two seeds still these teams can only meet in the conference finals.