It took some playmaking from Pastrnak and a nice bounce in front of the net to get anything by Henrik Lundqvist last night. Pastrnak came into the offensive zone with Marchand, dangled the puck through a pair of Ranger legs, got around him and dove at the puck, swinging his stick at it and getting a nice bounce out of it in front of the net, where Marchand stuffed it in at the opposite post.
That was the only goal the Bruins got despite creating many opportunities throughout the game, and the New York Rangers won a big game in Boston 2-1. Henrik Lundqvist played like a hall of fame goalie last night, stopping 32 pucks and tying Grant Fuhr for tenth all time in wins. He made incredible save after incredible save and he was the sole reason why the Bruins didn’t knock off a very solid Rangers squad last night.
He is a dick head though, and he showed us why when Backes tried to avoid him with 2:30 left in the third. Backes was chasing a puck corner to corner when he had to cross in front of Lundqvist. I thought he was avoiding the crease when Lundqvist clearly initiated contact with him and then took a dive like a fucking soccer player.
The goaltender interference penalty put Backes in the box and the B’s on the penalty kill down 2-1 with very little time left in the game. They emptied the net to make it even but couldn’t bury one to tie it.
The Rangers got their first goal in the third period at 5:10 on a beautiful slap shot from Pavel Buchnevich. He wound up at the right circle and just fucking blasted one by Rask. They got their second goal from Oscar Lindberg a few minutes later on one of the filthiest goals I’ve seen in a while. He skated down on a 2 on 2 into the zone on Tuukka’s left side, made Brandon Carlo look like an idiot with some ridiculous stick handling, and then picked the top left corner.
The Bruins outplayed a Rangers team that now has 12 more points than them last night. They out shot them 33-21 and controlled the pace of play for much of the game, but good teams find ways to beat good goalies, and the Bruins couldn’t figure out how to beat Lundqvist.