Bruins come back to beat Rangers, 3-2

Bruins come back to beat Rangers, 3-2
November 29, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Zdeno Chara has been under a microscope this season with some erratic performances, but the 6-foot-9 captain was the single biggest driving force in bringing home a 3-2 win for Boston in the Thanksgiving Showdown.

Chara potted the game-winning goal on a slapshot from the high slot after some impressive puck retrieval work from Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, and really turned the tenor of the game when he dropped the gloves to throw a beating on Brian Boyle in the second period.

The goal, the fight and an assist on a first period goal gave Chara the Gordie Howe hat trick in a solid effort from the Black and Gold on Black Friday.

The Bruins opened up the scoring when Brad Marchand ripped a one-timer from the bottom of the right face-off circle off a slick cross-ice pass from Chara, but the offense went into a tryptophan coma immediately afterward.

Rick Nash kicked things off for the Rangers by going into beast mode, and breaking through both Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara on a curl-and-drag move toward to the net. He carried Bergeron on his hip and beat Tuukka Rask with a shot forced just inside the far post.

A mere 1:22 later Ryan McDonagh beat Rask with a high point shot through a Benoit Pouliot screen in front for the go-ahead goal, and then the Blueshirts watched Henrik Lundqvist do the rest through the second period.

The Bruins ended up tying the game in the opening minutes of the third period when Marchand found Patrice Bergeron waiting in the slot, and he fired a shot off Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi that bounced through King Henrik. It was Bergeron’s first point in his last seven games, and his first goal in nine games after a dry offensive spell for much of November.