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.

Bruins select hard-nosed D-man Lindgren with second-round pick


Bruins select hard-nosed D-man Lindgren with second-round pick

BUFFALO – The Bruins went back for another young defenseman with the 49th overall pick in the second round and drafted Minnesota-born Ryan Lindgren, who will be playing for the Gophers this season as another college hockey product in the B’s system.

The 6-foot, 198-pound Lindgren is a hard-nosed, high-character defenseman that didn’t blow away scouts with any one tool, but was solid with six goals and 25 points in 61 games for the US National Development Team Program Under-18 team last season.

Lindgren has good hockey bloodlines as the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren and would be more of a solid all-around defenseman rather than an offensive D-man like first-round pick Charlie McAvoy.

“I honestly could not be more excited,” said Lindgren. “They are one of the teams that seemed like they had a lot of interest in me. When you get selected by a team like the Boston Bruins, everyone knows what a great organization they are. I really could not be more excited.

“I think I’m a leader on and off the ice, and bring a good compete level. I bring it every day. I think more of a defensive defenseman, but I think I’ve got some offensive ability in my game as well. I’m a guy who’s going to be physical, going to bring it every game, block shots. [I am] going to do what he has to do to help the team.”

The choice of Lindgren is a nice bounce-back pick for the Bruins on Day 2 after reaching a bit for Trent Frederic at the end of the first round on Friday night. The Bruins could end up regretting that choice if second-round picks such as Alex DeBrincat or Pascal Laberge end up developing into high-end forwards in the NHL.


Saturday, June 25: No stress for No. 16 pick Chychrun


Saturday, June 25: No stress for No. 16 pick Chychrun

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while there’s a beautiful day going on outside in Buffalo.

*D-man Jakob Chychrun says that he wasn’t stressing dropping into the middle of the first round before the Arizona Coyotes picked him.

*It’s a great piece of video from Friday night’s first round as Tyson Jost’s grandpa became a sobbing, proud man when his grandson was taken early in the first round of the NHL Draft.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believing that Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning crossed the line by publicly expressing interest in P.K. Subban.  

*Evander Kane is being investigated on a couple of harassment claims in the Buffalo area, a tough development during NHL Draft weekend there.

*The Blue Jackets had the biggest surprise of the first round by drafting Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall pick in the first round. They must think he’s going to be a center long term.

*The Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild are talking trade for a D-man, but none of the defensemen names moved on Friday night.

*For something completely different: Adam Kaufman gives his take on the draft night for the Celtics.



Bruins' D-man target Kulikov goes from Panthers to Sabres in trade


Bruins' D-man target Kulikov goes from Panthers to Sabres in trade

One of the Bruins' defenseman trade targets is off the market. 

Dmitry Kulikov was traded from Florida Panthers to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. He was on Boston's list of usual suspects for D-men.

Buffalo traded defenseman Mark Pysyk and the 38th and 89th pick to Florida for the 25-year old Kulikov and pick No. 33.

The Bruins had discussed a Kulikov deal with the Panthers last week.