BOSTON -- The Bruins tried to bail out Tuukka Rask by scoring a pair of goals with him pulled and an extra skater on the ice, in the final minutes of Tuesday night's game against the New York Rangers at the TD Garden.
But Rangers forward Ryan Callahan made sure the Rangers were the ones getting two points on this night, as he wristed a puck top-left in the fourth round of the shootout to give New York a 4-3 win.
Still, the B's picked up a point that looked nearly impossible after the Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the opening minutes of the third period, as Anton Stralman put a shot under Rask's blocker from the low-right circle, which trickled over the goal line.
It was a puck that Rask -- on a normal night -- would usually have. But unfortunately for the Bruins, Rask didn't make those normal saves on Tuesday night.
The first Rangers goal was set up nicely by Rick Nash as he was falling to the ice in the slot. Nash sent an unexpected pass to his left, where Carl Hagelin put it into the open net for the 1-0 lead midway through the first period.
That's how the score stayed until 8:17 into the second, when Derek Stepan's snap shot from the left circle just got under Rask's glove -- another puck that Rask should have stopped -- for the 2-0 Rangers lead.
After the Rangers made it 3-0 in the opening minutes of the third, the Bruins fought back and scored three unanswered goals -- two coming in the final 1:31, from Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand, all with the goalie pulled.
It was New York, though, which left the TD Garden with the win, in shootout fashion, on a night that Rask probably wishes he could have back.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.
*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.
*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.
*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.
*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.
*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”
*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.
BOSTON – It was an excellent night for the many varied Bruins prospects in the preseason opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The B’s eventually dropped the game in a 3-2 shootout loss at TD Garden, but not before some of their young players showed exactly what they can do.
“For sure it’s a lot of fun. Coming in here everybody’s a little nervous, but it was, once you’re out there, it’s just fun. It was good to see the young guys out there,” said former University of Denver standout Danton Heinen, who scored the tying strike in the third period on a redirect. “It was definitely adjusting. You don’t totally know what to expect and then once the game went on I kind of felt a little more comfortable. We started playing better as a team.”
Former first-round pick Jake DeBrusk set up the B’s first goal with Jimmy Hayes by executing a nifty give-and-go at the Columbus net, and young skaters Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik made the initial transition passes that led up to the goal. In the third period Danton Heinen redirected a Brandon Carlo point shot from the slot area, and scored in his first career game played at TD Garden in an impressive show of hand-eye coordination.
Carlo, Czarnik, DeBrusk, Zboril and Heinen all had strong performances on the score sheet and at both ends of the ice, and that’s exactly what the Bruins coaching staff wanted to see with NHL jobs potentially up for grabs in main camp.
“A lot of young players in the lineup, I won’t go through all of them, but I thought quite a few of them acquitted themselves well,” said Bruins assistant coach Bruce Cassidy. “They were given opportunities to do that. I think some of them certainly took advantage of it, and did a nice job.”
It was good that the young players stepped up and made a nice impression in the preseason debut because the veteran players will cut into their opportunities once the World Cup of Hockey crew gets sprinkled into the mix starting this week.