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Bruins Hold Off Late Rangers’ Push For the Win

Boston Bruins Matt Hunwick (48) skates past New York Rangers' Derek Boogaard (94) while fighting for control of the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

On Wednesday, the New York Rangers struck first, but it was Boston who laughed last in a 3-2 victory in Madison Square Garden. The Bruins scored three goals in between New York’s scores, in a relatively tame game penalty-wise, to give Tim Thomas yet another win, this time over Henrik Lundqvist. Neither team did much of anything early, with the 1st Period resulting in eight shots for each team, and just two New York minor penalties.

New York struck first in the 2nd, taking advantage of Nathan Horton’s double minor for high sticking. Brandon Dubinsky put a snapshot past Tim Thomas, and Lundqvist received an assist on the play. Boston answered in the form of Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin (who needs Phil Kessel?) and in the 3rd Period, Mark Recchi. New York cut the lead to 3-2 a few minutes after that, but that’s when Boston’s defense stepped up.

At 13:57 into the 3rd, Andrew Ference went into the box for high sticking, followed by Zdeno Chara for delay of game 16 seconds later, giving New York a golden opportunity with 1:46 of 5-on-3. However, despite spending a lot of the time in their own zone, Boston’s defense thwarted all of New York’s attempts, and cleared the zone to kill off the penalties. A last-ditch effort with an empty net kept the puck in Boston’s zone, but could not do anything else.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game

Just seven penalties in the game. No fights? No fights.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
7:10 NYR PPG – Brandon Dubinsky (11) Snap Shot – Assists: Ryan Callahan (12) & Henrik Lundqvist (1)
11:06 BOS Milan Lucic (7) Wrist Shot – Assists: Nathan Horton (7)
16:35 BOS Tyler Seguin (4) Snap Shot – Assists: none
3rd Period
1:10 BOS Mark Recchi (2) Snap Shot – Assists: Mark Stuart (2) & Dennis Seidenberg (7)
5:26 NYR Marian Gaborik (4) Wrist Shot – Assists: Derek Stepan (5)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
16:17 NYR Dan Girardi: Hooking – 2 min
19:15 NYR Marian Gaborik: Tripping – 2 min
2nd Period
4:09 BOS Nathan Horton: Hi stick – double minor – 4 min
8:08 NYR Derek Stepan: Too many men/ice – bench – 2 min
8:52 BOS Zdeno Chara: Boarding – 2 min
3rd Period
13:57 BOS Andrew Ference: Hi-sticking – 2 min
14:13 BOS Zdeno Chara: Delaying Game-Puck over glass – 2 min

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total Time On Ice
BOS Tim Thomas (W) 34/36 59:54
NYR Henrik Lundqvist (L) 17/20 59:03

Shots On Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
BOS 8 7 5 20
NYR 8 12 16 36

Game Notes

  • Tim Thomas is now 10-1-0, with one no-decision.
  • Of 20 Boston skaters so far, only Daneil Paille has yet to register a point.
  • While we’re at it, Mark Stuart’s face-off winning percentage for the season is 100%.

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