By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON The Bruins had a golden chance to prove they could follow up a thorough andcatharticHabs thrashing with a hangover-free performance, and they blew it. The B's meandered through three largely sleepy periods and dropped a 1-0 decision to the New York Rangers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. A final five minute rush to push overtime fell short against a tight Rangers defense willing to jump in front of shots.A non-call ona Marian Gaborik off-sides playset up Derek Stepans tipped puck for the game's only goal in the first period, but there wasnt enough offensive oomph provided otherwise. The Bruins forwards couldn'tget anything done in the attack zone until late in the game, and it was too late by then. The Rangers had too much coverage in the slot area to fight through while blocking an amazing 29 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist was on his game in turning away 26 B'sshot attempts. Bostons best offensive chance came in the third period when Rich Peverley weaved through traffic and fired on the New York net with a shot that looked destined for the top corner. But Lundqvist flashed a quick glove to snag the puck and serve notice he wasnt going to be letting up any cookies Saturday afternoon.With that in mind the Bs forward just couldnt pierce through the Rangers defense, and provide that consistent threat directly in front of the net. There were some heavy-duty shifts by Peverley, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin late in the final five minutes of the game, but they just couldnt get anything past Lundqvist.Milan Lucic was frustrated much of the game, and was called for a pair of slashing penalties while failing to register a single shot on net in 60 minutes of hockey.
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