Bruins comeback not enough, fall to Rangers, 4-3


Bruins comeback not enough, fall to Rangers, 4-3

NEW YORK The undermanned Bruins gave it everything they had on Broadway, but it still wasnt enough.

The Bruins battled back from an early two-goal deficit and dominated the Blueshirts in the Madison Square Garden in the second period, but ultimately couldnt come away with the two points in a 4-3 defeat.

That leaves the Bruins with losses in three of their last four games and drops them to 0-2-1 against the Rangers in three matchups this season between the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference.

It appeared the Bruins would at least push overtime when David Krejcis 18th goal of the season tied it up with less than 10 minutes to go in the game, but Derek Stepan answered right back with a laser beam over Tim Thomas glove hand for the game-winner.

Things started ugly for the Bruins after a Zdeno Chara turnover in the defensive zone and a puck deflection off Greg Zanon led to goals for Anton Stralman and Carl Hagelin within the first five minutes of the game. Claude Julien called timeout down 2-0 and that seemed to calm a Bs team that answered back with gusto.

Three fights followed, including Milan Lucic hammering Brandon Prust right in front of the Boston bench, and the Bruins potted a pair of goals to tie things up. A hard fore-check by the third line forced a New York turnover that became a Benoit Pouliot goal to give Boston life.

Then in the second period Jordan Caron intercepted a Dan Girardi pass and beat Henrik Lundqvist from the right face-off circle to tie things up amidst the Bs outshooting the Rangers by 12-3 margin. The Rangers answered in the third with Marian Gaboriks score and then New York went into lockdown mode for the games final minutes.

GOLD STAR: Jordan Caron had his best game as an NHL player with two points and major involvement in of Bostons three goals scored on the afternoon. It was heavy fore-check pressure applied by Caron that led to the turnover before Benoit Pouliots goal and then Caron intercepted a Dan Girardi pass himself and turned defense into offense for the teams second goal. He did it all in 11:15 of ice time just a day after Claude Julien openly requested some secondary scoring from his players. Both Caron and Pouliot obliged and the Bruins still found themselves on the losing end.

BLACK EYE: Tim Thomas said he was screened on Derek Stepans game-winner in the third period, but an elite goaltender needs to find a way to stop the puck when his team has just tied up an emotional game in the third period. The Bruins potted four goals on their first 17 shots of the game and thats not a good reflection on the goaltending that Boston received from their reigning Vezina Trophy winner. Henrik Lundqvist wasnt his usual sterling self at the New York end, but he was better than Thomas.

HONORABLE MENTION: Milan Lucic had an active afternoon and had nothing to hang his head about in a proud performance attempting to will his team to win. He assisted on David Krejcis third period goal with a sweet cross-ice pass and pounded Brandon Prust with a series of over-hand bombs right in front of the Boston bench. He also took a couple of heavy hits from Dan Girardi in one elongated shift, but managed to hang in until the whistle blew for a too many men on the ice penalty. Good rebound performance after Lucic was one of the players that stopped skating during Saturdays non-icing call.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins seized the momentum back in a game they truly dominated when David Krejci pounded a game-tying goal past Henrik Lundqvist in the third period, but the Bruins let up and allowed the Rangers to answer with a Derek Stepan goal 39 seconds later. Tim Thomas said he was screened on the play, but it appeared to just be a Stepan howitzer that beat the Bs goaltender to the glove hand. For a team struggling to find any kind of foothold, you cant let up a go-ahead goal right after finding a way to tie it up in the third period.
BY THE NUMBERS: 8-0 the Rangers are undefeated against the Bruins and Flyers in eight tries this season in a show of just good theyve been against the other elite teams in the East.

QUOTE TO NOTE: Yeahyup. Especially if we can play in an arena that has lights. Tim Thomas taking a shot at Madison Square Gardens theatre lighting when asked if hes ready to handle much more playing time with Tuukka Rask out of commission with a left leg injury.

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'


Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

Chile wins 2nd straight Copa America title as Messi misses


Chile wins 2nd straight Copa America title as Messi misses

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Lionel Messi still awaits his first title with Argentina's national team.

Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, Francisco Silva converted Chile's shootout finale and La Roja won their second straight Copa America title by beating Argentina 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

Playing two days after his 29th birthday, Messi lost a final for the third year in a row following an extra-time defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup and a penalty-kicks loss to host Chile in last year's Copa America. The five-time FIFA Player of the Year has won four Champions League titles and eight La Liga crowns with Barcelona, but has never taken a trophy with Argentina's senior team.

For its 100th anniversary, South America's championship was expanded to 16 nations and played in the United States, and Argentina was hoping to win its first major title since 1993.

In an ill-tempered match that included an ejection on each side and eight yellow cards, the match was scoreless through regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, with Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain missing a clear goal-scoring opportunity for the third straight final. Argentina outshot Chile 16-4 and La Roja collapsed three, four and even five defenders around the bearded Messi, then chopped down the diminutive attacker when he tried to accelerate toward the goal.

Messi, who scored five goals in the tournament, had a free kick 28 yards out in the 115th minute after Francisco SIlva fouled him, but the ball deflected off the wall and over the crossbar. Messi's 35-yard free kick was headed on target by Aguero in the 10th minute of extra time, and Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo jumped extended his right hand to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved the opening kick by Arturo Vidal, and up stepped Messi, the best player of his generation and considered alongside Brazil's Pele and Argentina's Diego Maradona as the sport's greatest ever. While he won the titles at the under-20 and Olympic (under-23) levels for Argentina, in the minds of many he needs a title with his nation's senior team to solidify his place as one of the greats.

Messi sent his shot over Bravo — his Barcelona teammate — and into the stands. Messi turned, bowed his head and clenched both fists in frustration.

Nicolas Castillo and Charles Aranguiz converted their kicks for Chile, and Javier Mascherano and Sergio Aguero made theirs, leaving the teams tied 2-2 after three rounds.

Jean Beausejour put Chile ahead, and Bravo dived to his right, saving Lucas Biglia's shot and bringing up Silva, a 30-year-old midfielder. Messi briefly pulled his jersey of his face, as if not wanting to watch.

Romero dived to his left and the shot went in to his right, giving Chile another title.

Messi crouched over, as if in pain, then got up, took off his captain's armband and walked to the bench, where he was consoled by Angel Di Maria. After Messi came back on the field, Aguero put a hand on one of Messi's shoulders. And new FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave Messi a pat on the back when Messi came onto the podium with his teammates for his second-place medal. Messi almost immediately took it off.

It was the fourth final loss for Messi, who also played for Argentina in its penalty-kicks loss to Brazil in the 2004 final.

A crowd of 82,076 at MetLife Stadium — the largest to see a soccer game in New Jersey — raised the tournament total to just under 1.48 million. The average of 46,119, nearly double the 25,223 in Chile last year, will be used by the U.S. Soccer Federation as evidence it deserves to host a World Cup again, likely as part of a bid for the 2026 tournament.

Brazilian referee Heber Lopes became the focus in the first half, ejecting a pair of defenders: Chile's Marcelo Diaz in the 28th minute and Argentina's Marcos Rojo in the 43rd. After issuing six yellow cards during a World Cup qualifier between the nations in March, Lopes handed out eight yellows, including one to Messi for diving in the 40th minute, and the two reds.

Diaz got his first yellow for hacking down Messi about 28 yards out in the 16th minute, then got his second for obstructing a charging Messi about 30 yards out. Rojo received a straight red when he slid into Arturo Vidal from behind and poked away the ball, but Vidal's leg bent awkwardly under his body as he fell.

Higuain had the best first-half chance in the 21st minute when he picked up a giveaway from Gary Medel, dribbled in and chipped the ball over Bravo only to have it roll wide of the far post. It was almost the exact time he broke in alone during the World Cup final against Germany and also shot wide. Higuain also missed a tap-in of Ezequiel Lavezzi's cross during the final minute of regulation in last year's final, then sent his penalty kick during the shootout over the crossbar.