If you tuned into the Boston Bruins game late on Sunday night you most likely could’ve predicted the Boston Bruins would be trailing due to the recent pattern over the last two games since returning from the Olympic break.
Well, that was the case as the Black and Gold fell behind 1-0 early on in the first period, but this time rallied back due to a very strong second period to beat the Rangers 6-3.
They looked slow and showed no energy early, but a late first period goal by Jarome Iginla gave the B’s life and it carried over to the second period and the rest of the game.
Iginla’s 18th of the year was set up by Milan Lucic who brought two Rangers to the corner creating space for Krejci who found Iginla for the goal.
In the second frame, the B’s were a completely different team. They possessed the puck, they were playing physical, fore-checking and they were capitalizing on scoring chances. In other words, they were playing Boston Bruins hockey.
Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg each scored in the second period. Hamilton also assisted on the other two goals giving him three points on the night.
While the penalty kill was suspect Saturday afternoon against the Capitals, it was better for the B’s Sunday night against the Rangers killing off three of four Ranger man advantages.
As a matter of fact, Gregory Campbell even scored a short-handed goal to give the B’s a two goal lead halfway through the third period on a beautiful sequence by Loui Eriksson. It was Eriksson’s second assist of the night.
Campbell then added another goal on a nice feed from line mate Daniel Paille to put the game eventually out of reach for the Blue Shirts.
For good measure, Lucic added another late in the third period as well. His 19th tally of the season.
On the defensive side, after allowing a goal early on in the first on a bad turnover by David Krejci, Tuukka Rask was back to his dominant self. The Finnish netminder made 19 saves alone in the first period at a time where the game could have gotten out of hand for the B’s, but Rask was there to keep it close. He went on to make 39 saves in all and it was because of his fantastic play early on that allowed the Black and Gold to creep back into this contest.
The Rangers goal scorers on the night included TJ Miller, Brad Richards and Ryan McDonagh, but it just wasn’t enough as the B’s proved to have too much fire power after another sluggish start (again).
Campbell, Iginla, Lucic, Eriksson, Hamilton and Krejci all had multi-point games en route to their team’s first win since coming back from the Olympic break.
The victory gave the Bruins their first season sweep of the Rangers since the 1982-83 season. More importantly, they got the victory that was tough to come by over the last week