January 22nd, 2012 by

Rangers hand Bruins heartbreaking loss

(S. Babineau/Getty) Tuukka Rask suffered his first loss since dropping a 2-1 game against the Winnipeg Jets on December 6.

For those of you who tuned in for the battle of the Eastern Conference’s two best teams you were surely treated to a extremely entertaining loss.

Goals by Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Adam McQuaid and Andrew Ference were all the goals scored in regulation sending the two teams to overtime to battle it out for the extra point.

With just over three minutes left in the extra frame, Ference put the Bruins in a bad situation after he was nailed with a game misconduct for charging, a hit that will probably get him a hearing with Brendan Shanahan.

“Well, I’m obviously going as fast as I can to try and get to the puck. I realized I wasn’t going to get there first, he boxed me out, I tried to lean back, but I was going too fast” said Ference. “Obviously it was a dangerous position, so I tried to let up and didn’t let up fast enough.”

The Bruins did a good job killing off the power play until Gaborik struck again. With pucks flying at Rask at will as time ticked away Gaborik finally was able to chip one past Rask with just 3.6 seconds left.

“Yeah, it’s two rebounds. I mean, it hit my glove twice, but what sucks even more is, like, three seconds. Somebody liked it, I guess. I mean, it was a pretty thrilling end. Not for me though” said a frustrated Rask.

It’s obvious that the Bruins and Rangers are the two best teams the Eastern Conference has to offer and that was certainly evident yesterday afternoon. With the entertaining tilt yesterday everyone has started to think about how great a playoff series between the two would be, but Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist knows it’s still early.

“Well it’s a little early to think about it. But again, they play similar to us, so the key when you play these types of games and this type of team is the battle level. Battles all over the ice, in front of the nets, in the corners. And I think we answered really well” said Lundqvist. “They came out really hard the first five, 10 minutes, and we kind of settled things down, and we got going. They got a tough goal late in the second there, unfortunately it hit one of our guys sticks. But we kept our focus, and we played a pretty good third. Even though it wasn’t pretty there for three minutes on the power play we finally came up big on the power play. I mean, it’s a huge win for us, and hopefully we can build from that and build some confidence on the power play.”

It’s not easy to let a tough emotional loss like this just go away, but the Bruins have no choice as they have a quick turn around when they  head to Philadelphia today to take on the Flyers.

“We don’t have a choice, right? We’ll get on the plane, go to Philly, and forget about it. We’ve got another game within 26 hours, so, focus on Philly now” said Thornton.

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