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After the lengthy lockout we thought would never end, Boston finally got hockey back in the form of the Bruins hosting the New York Rangers to open up the season. Despite going 0-7 on the power play, the B’s pulled together a total team effort to earn the 3-1 victory over New York.
Dan Paille added a deflection goal on a shot from Greg Campbell at 8:20 of the second period. The Rangers answered with a goal from Brad Richards at 12:50, Rick Nash assisted for his first point as a Ranger. Shawn Thornton and Greg Campbell did their job to end any chance of momentum being gained for the Rangers by dropping the gloves back to back.
Johnny Boychuck sealed the deal for the Bruins with a slap shot that found its way to the back of the net at 8:13 of the third period. A nice little gift for his 29th birthday.
Tuukka Rask played excellent after having a rough showing in the black and gold scrimmage earlier in the week. Rask allowed one goal on 21 shots, and looked calm and aware all night. Henrik Lundqvist at the other end saw more action and saw more pucks get behind him, allowing three goals on 34 shots was not enough to beat the Bruins.
The special teams units played a huge role in the game. Holding the high-powered power play unit of the Rangers to 0-5 speaks to how good the Bruins are defensively. As for the man advantage, no goals to show for, but Krejci probably would say he had one. The power play units did move the puck well and got the puck into the zone rather easily.
A nice gesture to the fans with the players giving their shirts off their backs after the season opener. A tradition for years but that always happens at the end of the season.
The Bruins will be back on Garden ice Monday night hosting the Jets.