GOLD STAR: Dougie Hamilton made a bad decision that led to a Rangers goal in the first period when both Hamilton and Zdeno Chara were caught below the blue line, but he made up for it in a big way. Hamilton set up a Carl Soderberg goal with a booming point shot, and scored his own goal while cutting the net before receiving a Milan Lucic dish at the perfect moment. Hamilton finished with the first three point game of his career in nearly 20 minutes skating as the top pairing defenseman with Chara, and blocked three shots. Perhaps most impressive was the resiliency that Hamilton showed bouncing back from the early mistake, something he’ll need in big supply during the playoffs.
BLACK EYE: So much for Dan Girardi being the shutdown defenseman that would help replace Dennis Seidenberg. Let’s forget for a second that he’s finally come to terms with the Rangers on a lengthy extension, and instead observe the minus-3 he posted in 20:49 of ice time against the Bruins. Girardi had a couple of shots and a couple of blocked shits, but was part of a Rangers defense that was allowing way too much time and space to the Bruins attackers. Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin also finished with minus-3 ratings in a deplorable defensive night for the Blueshirts. An honorary black eye to Daniel Carcillo, who refused to fight Shawn Thornton in the first period before trying to engage in a fight with Torey Krug in the third period. That’s purple heart level courage right there.
HONORABLE MENTION: Gregory Campbell finished with a pair of goals, and essentially has three goals in the last two days after helping redirect a Shawn Thornton shot for a score in the loss to the Capitals. For a player in Campbell that struggled a bit in the first half of the season coming back from a broken leg, he’s looked energized and much more like himself following the Olympic break. Campbell finished with two goals, three shots on net and 9-of-11 face-off wins in a dominant performance for the entire fourth line. Both goals were the results of Campbell skating hard directly toward the net, and something good happening as a result.
TURNING POINT: The Jarome Iginla goal with 1:53 remaining in the first period, after the Bruins had been totally dominated by the Rangers while getting outshot 20-9, was a backbreaker for New York. It had to be all sorts of disheartening to be eyeing a 1-1 game with the Bruins at the first intermission after completely manhandling them, and it seemed to take the starch out of the Blueshirts for the rest of the contest. The Iginla score had the reverse effect for the Black and Gold as they appeared energized with attitude and a little edge after getting up off the mat at the end of the first.
BY THE NUMBERS: 6 – the number of goals scored against Henrik Lundqvist is the most that the Bruins have ever scored against King Henrik in the regular season in 33 games against the Rangers netminder.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Painful. Very painful.” –Henrik Lundqvist after allowing six goals on 33 shots in a wide open game between the Bruins and Rangers.