January 24th, 2013 by

Slow start hurts Bruins in loss to Rangers

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(Photo Credit: Sharon Bradley/Bruins Daily) Milan Lucic’s second period goal wasn’t enough as the Bruins lost for the first time this season.

Thanks to two first period goals by Marion Gaborik, the Bruins found themselves in an early 2-0 hole just 6:49 into the opening frame. Entering the game at 0-2 the Bruins knew the Rangers would come out flying, and that’s exactly what they did.

“We weren’t sharp. We weren’t ready to play, everything we talked about before the game wasn’t happening” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “We had to get our heads into it. Once we started doing that, you saw what was happening. We started playing a lot in their own end, doing all the things we were supposed to. Every time we did that, we were getting the success we were looking for. It was about refocusing the team and getting them to do those little things that we had talked about before the game.”

The second frame was much better for Julien and his Bruins as the B’s got a power play goal from Brad Marchand—yes folks, a power  play goal—followed by the game tying goal from Milan Lucic to erase the once two-goal deficit.

More after the jump including game highlights…

Tyler Pyatt and Nathan Horton would trade goals before Gaborik struck in overtime to complete the hat trick and give the Rangers their first win of the shortened season.

A fumbled puck at the Bruins blue-line by Andew Ference paved the way for a Gaborik breakaway. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stopped the initial shot, but the puck bounced straight up in the air and Gaborik showed his talent by batting the puck out of midair and past Rask.

“He’s got a quick snap shot, so I closed my five-hole, then he bats it out of the air again. That’s why he scored 50 goals last year” said Rask.

Despite the loss there were many positives to take out of this one. Horton’s late game-tying third period goal was great to see as Horton tries to prove he is fully recovered from a concussion that ended his season a year ago.

“It was definitely nice” said Horton. “Not that I was thinking too much about it, but anybody would say that it’s nice getting it out of the way. You just keep working at it. I think tonight our line played well in their end with the cycles and crashing the net. They don’t give up a lot of room.”

As has been the case so far this season, the Bruins penalty kill was perfect once again. The Bruins have killed off all 14 power plays they have faced, including three 5-3 power plays.

One more bright spot last night was the continued solid play from rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton. The 19-year old Hamilton saw 18:55 of ice time and assisted on Marchands goal for his first career National Hockey League point.

“Anybody who saw this game tonight had to see this guy was outstanding” said Julien in regards to Hamilton. “Not good. Outstanding, he was so poised and confident. If anyone thinks he can’t play in this league, they should watch this game.”

The Bruins return to action Friday night when they host the New York Islanders.

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