Bruins lose first of the season to Rangers in OT, 4-3


Bruins lose first of the season to Rangers in OT, 4-3

NEW YORK The Rangers were challenged to show some desperation and mental toughness in their rematch against the Bruins, and they did just that in another hotly contested, tight game between the two Eastern Conference titans.
The Bruins dropped back early after allowing a pair of goals in the first period, and never truly had a grasp in a contest they eventually dropped by a 4-3 overtime score at Madison Square Garden for their first loss of the season.
Nathan Horton had fired home a third period goal to tie things at 3-3 and push it into overtime, but a Marian Gaborik breakaway happened in the opening seconds of overtime when Andrew Ference couldnt handle a bouncing puck at the blue line. Gaborik snapped home the rebound after Tuukka Rask made initial save, and finished with a hat trick in the victory.
Early on, New Yorks super forward line of Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Brad Richards did all the damage for the Rangers: a designed play by New York led to a Nash and Gaborik two-on-1 where the smaller, skilled Gaborik buried a shot under the crossbar. Rangers head coach John Tortorella then double-shifted that line to get them on the ice without Zdeno Chara, and Gaborik managed to snap in a rebound goal with Dougie Hamilton far out of defensive position away from the net.
The Bruins fought back with a Hamilton-to-Brad Marchand connection on the power play that snapped an 0-for-11 streak to start the season. The Hamilton assist was the first point of his NHL career. Milan Lucic followed with a beastly score after he kept attacking rebounds in front of the New York net, and finally backhanded one home to tie things up at 2-2.
The deadlock lasted less than a minute before the Rangers once again grabbed the one-goal lead on a Taylor Pyatt strike, and it stayed that way until Hortons third period strike.
GOLD STAR: The rare plaudit for a non-Bruins player, but Marian Gaborik deserved plenty of credit for the overtime win against the Bruins. He capped off the hat trick with the overtime game-winner and, along with Rick Nash, had a game-high six shots on net in the victory. His game-breaking speed led to the first goal to open the game and put the Bruins on their heels, and the overtime game-winner when Andrew Ference couldnt handle a bouncing puck at the blue line. The ridiculously talented line of Marian GaborikRick NashBrad Richards certainly made their best case to stick together for a while after John Tortorella put them together for tonights big tilt.BLACK EYE: The fourth line give and the fourth line take away. After playing a big role in the opening night win over the Rangers, the Bruins energy line had a tough night against the Blueshirts. Gregory Campbell did manage to pick up an assist on Nathan Hortons goal, but Shawn Thornton finished with 4:13 of ice time and didnt play another shift after a failed clearing attempt led to Taylor Pyatts goal in the second period. Along with providing energy, the fourth line has to keep the puck out of the back of the net when theyre on the ice in order to effective.HONORABLE MENTION: Tuukka Rask gave up four goals, but actually might have been one of the best Bruins on the ice in a pretty entertaining, quality game. The first two goals allowed by the Bruins goaltender were pretty clear defensive breakdowns one of them a nice designed play with a good chip from Brad Richards and the Finnish netminder came up with a one-two combo save on Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik in the last minute of regulation that preserved the overtime point. Those are the kinds of saves that a No. 1 goaltender makes, and Rask has been up to the task early in the season.TURNING POINT: For the Bruins it arrived in the first period after theyd already taken the best few punches at the Rangers could deliver, and were down by a 1-0 score. With less than three minutes to go in the period where the Bruins had looked shaky and maybe even a little rattled, Adam McQuaid lost it when Brian Boyle shot a puck at his legs after the Rangers center had been whistled off-sides. So McQuaid went right after Boyle and landed a few heavy rights to his face as the former Boston College forward tried to hold the rugged defense away from him. The Bs defensemans teammates credited that with helping spark the comeback that ensued in the following two periods.BY THE NUMBERS: 1 the number of career NHL points for 19-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton after he collected his first assist on Brad Marchands power play goal in the second period. There will be many more of those to come.QUOTE TO NOTE: We thought we were ready to play but I guess we werent. But we came back and showed that we can come back. It was a really good game by us after the first period. Nathan Horton, on the Bs willingness to scratch back after being down 2-0 early to the Rangers in their barn.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.