Talking Points: Rangers 3, Bruins 2


Talking Points: Rangers 3, Bruins 2

BOSTON -- The Bruins and Rangers played a pretty even game, until the last three minutes of overtime on Saturday at the TD Garden. That's when B's defenseman Andrew Ference was ejected from the game for a hit from behind on New York's Ryan McDonagh.

It looked as if Boston was going to complete their 4-on-3 penalty kill, until Marian Gaborik lifted a rebound upstairs over a sprawling Tuukka Rask with 3.6 seconds remaining in OT, giving the Rangers a 3-2 win.

The game was tied at 2-2 entering the third period, thanks to Adam McQuaid's wrister that beat Lundqvist top-right with 49 seconds left in the second period.

McQuaid took a cross-ice pass that was a little ahead of him and bounced off the right half-wall. McQuaid stepped up into the right circle and put it upstairs with traffic in front of the Rangers' goalie.

The second period saw a total of four goals, with the Bruins coming back to tie the game twice.

Marian Gaborik gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with 5:30 left in the second, as he took a whack at a bouncing puck at the top of the left circle. It looked as if Gaborik hit it out of mid-air, and it beat Rask to the low-right side of the net.

Gaborki's goal gave New York its second lead of the afternoon. Andrew Ference previously had tied the game at 1-1 by finishing a nice set-up by David Krejci, just 3:28 into the second period.

Milan Lucic led the rush by taking the puck over the blue line and slowing the play down by passing over to Krejci at the right point. Krejci stayed patient, and found a streaking Ference, who jumped into the play and received Krejci's feed in the high slot, where he then deked right and put a backhander upstairs.

Ference's goal came just two minutes after Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored the first goal of the game, 1:31 into the second period. Callahan came out of the penalty box, and received a Brandon Prust pass in the neutral zone. Callahan then came hard down the left wing on a 2-on-1, and beat Rask with a snap shot top-left for a 1-0 Rangers lead.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.