By Joe Haggerty
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.