Bruins blow 3-0 lead, fall to Rangers

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Bruins blow 3-0 lead, fall to Rangers

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

NEW YORK CITY The Bruins didnt have quite as much to play for as a Rangers team bent on survival, and it showed in the third period. The Bs could have climbed to within two points of the top seed in the Eastern conference while reaching 101 points on the season, but they couldn't hold onto a 3-0 lead as the Rangers scored twice in the second period and three times in the third for a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over Boston.
Brandon Dubinsky tied it on a Tomas Kaberle blown coverage in front, and then Michael Sauer potted the game-winner when he trickled a puck past Tim Thomas.The Bs stormed out and made a resounding statement in the first period after looking half-asleep during their last opening period a week ago Saturday against the Rangers, and the point was well taken. Daniel Paille nearly scored on a breakaway, and then did score Bostons first goal later in the first period when he redirected a Johnny Boychuk shot pass from the right point.Nathan Horton made it a two-goal lead for the Bruins with his 25th goal of the season after he collected a loose puck in front of the net and fired it past a sprawled Henrik Lundqvist.Chris Kelly scored his first goal as a member of the Bruins on a short side softie in the second period to extend things to a 3-0 lead, but from there Vinny Prospal and a desperate New York bunch started to make their comeback bid. Both times the Rangers victimized the Andrew FerenceAdam McQuaid pairing that was experiencing a few issues clearing bodies from in front of the net and keeping Prospal away from the scoring areas.Derek Stepan added an empty-netter to salt it away for the Rangers. Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.