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.

Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2


Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2

NEW YORK - Brandon Pirri scored twice to help the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey also scored for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots. The Rangers won their third straight game, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to improve to 5-2-0.

David Pastrnak and Austin Czarina scored for Boston. The Bruins have lost three straight to drop to 3-4-0.

Zane McIntyre made 26 saves in his first NHL start. He was called up prior to Boston's 5-0 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night to back up Malcolm Subban due to injuries to Tuukka Risk and Anton Khudobin.

Down 2-0 after the first, the Rangers scored three times in the final 10:44 of the second.

Nash began the comeback with a power-play goal at 9:16. He curled to the net before corralling a rebound of Derek Stepan's point shot and flipping it over goalie Zane McIntyre for his third of the season.

Hayes tied it with 3:25 left in the second, banking a shot from behind the net off of McIntyre's pants.

Pirri's power-play goal with 36 seconds left made it 3-2. The free-agent signee ripped a shot from the right circle that was in the net before McIntrye could get his glove up. New York finished the game 2 for 6 on the man advantage, while the Bruins were 0 for 1.

It was not all positive for the Rangers in the second, with Dan Girardi missing two shifts following a hit from Pastrnak, who was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Girardi leaped in the air to play a loose puck in the neutral zone and, as he came down, Pastrnak drove his shoulder into the upper body of the New York defenseman.

Pirri made it 4-2 2:23 into the third with his fourth of the season. Vesey scored on a tap-in 43 seconds late.

The Bruins opened the scoring Pastrnak's fifth of the season 10 seconds into the game. The lead grew to 2-0 14:34 later when Czarnik scored his first goal in the NHL. Czarnik fired a shot from inside the blue line that New York defenseman Brady Skjei blocked, but Henrik Lundqvist appeared to lose track of the puck and it bounced across the goal line.

Lundqvist had 27 saves.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.