|Notes and Observations Week 16: Patriots Escape from New York with 17-16 Win; Clinch First Round Bye.||Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Win By Less Than a FOOT||Panic Mode in Full Effect, Minutemen are Struggling||Patriots Survive Gritty Challenge From Jets|
Marian Gaborik capped off his hat trick night by batting home his rebound past Tuukka Rask on a breakaway with 27 seconds into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden.
Gaborik scored his first two goals just over two minutes apart early in the first period. The Rangers dominated the first half of the first period while out shooting the Bruins 8-2 at one point. The one area that the Bruins did dominate in the first period was faceoffs, 14-4.
The Bruins took over for most of the second period with goals coming from Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic. The lead was short lived however when Taylor Pyatt gave the Rangers the lead back just 46 seconds later. Nathan Horton tied the game up with a shot from in between the hashmarks with just under five minutes to play. The goal was Horton’s first since Jan. 19 of last season.
Tuukka Rask made 29 saves in between the pipes but defensive breakdowns on three of the four goals led to his demise. Rask made some great saves, highlighted by an early first period save off a shot by Brad Richards that was tipped off Johnny Boychuck’s stick. Rask used his glove hand against the back of the net to prop himself from sliding past the goal line and keeping the puck out. He also made another great save on Rick Nash and Gaborik during a two-on-one with under a minute to go in regulation and salvaged one point for the Bruins. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the Rangers to earn his first win of the season.
Rookie Dougie Hamilton had a solid game overall, but was out of position and nowhere near the net on Gaborik’s second goal tip-in. But Hamilton recorded his first NHL point with a shot from the blue line that deflected off of Marchand for the Bruins first power-play goal of the season. The Bruins also killed off all 5 of their penalty kills to remain perfect on the season, including their second lengthy 5-on-3 penalty kill in as many games.
The Bruins will host the New York Islanders on Friday night at the TD Garden with the puck dropping at 7:00 PM.
Tags: Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Brad Richards, Dougie Hamilton, Henrik Lundqvist, Johnny Boychuk, Marion Gaborik, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, New York Rangers, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Tuukka Rask