At the end of 20 minutes at the TD Garden, the Boston Bruins trail the New York Rangers by the score of 1-0.
Tukka Rask Made 8-of-9 stops, while “King” Henrik Lundqvist stopped all eight he faced.
- Gregory Campbell wasted no time to drop the mitts and fight Sean Avery — just 0:08 into his first shift of the game. Avery, 0:23 seconds into his first shift, scored the overrated takedown just after Campbell got his helmet off. Draw.
- It took over six minutes for the Rangers to put their first shot on Bruins’ net minder Rask, but just another few seconds to put the next one past him. New York forward Derek Stepan won a draw against David Krejci back to teammate Michael Sauer, then deflected his shot from the blueline past Rask at 6:39 of the first to put the Blueshirts up on the scoreboard first.
- The Bruins successfully killed-off a questionable Tyler Seguin interference penalty around the midway point. Defensemen Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid did a great job of clearing-out Rangers’ Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan, and Wojtek Wolski, as the three caused quite the commotion and screens in front of Rask.
- Boston has no killed-off 18 of their last 20 times shorthanded.
- New York came out this period living up to their physical reputation — out-hitting the Bruins 15-9 in the first frame, and blocking seven shots to the Bruins’ two.
- Dennis Seidenberg leads the B’s with two shots on net; Adam McQuaid has a team-high 7:12 of ice time through the first 20.