The Rangers (30-15-4) defeated the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-2. For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Cam Talbot made 18 saves, the Rangers took 25 shots on goal.
-This was a huge win for the Rangers. Boston has been playing very well lately, including a 3-0 victory over the Rangers in mid January.
-The Rangers got off to a very fast start today, which was a nice change from the last few games. They were able to get on the board first as St. Louis fed Nash who got a breakaway and beat Rask with a nice move to the backhand. I thank Jared for him scoring on a backhand.
-Boston then turned things around and played very well near the end of the first period, and scored twice. The Rangers looked sloppy and were on their heels.
-In the second, the Rangers were able to come out pretty strong again, and Brassard scored from the high slot after a great shift by his line. Kreider raced in to fetch the puck and then they cycled it around the zone until eventually Kreider fed it to Brassard for the goal. They were able to score again late in the period after Girardi passed it to Nash who then gave it to Stepan who took it in and was able to beat Rask glove side. This would prove to be the game winner.
-The Rangers did a good job keeping up the tempo for most of the third. There was a point where Boston led in shots 6-0, but the Rangers were able to get some decent chances. Rask played very well in the third, and Adam McQuad made a great play to save a goal as well. Boston made a strong push in the last two minutes, which was facilitated by the Rangers missing the net a few times, but Talbot made a few big saves and the Rangers had some big shot blocks including one by Staal on Krug as time expired.
-Overall this was a promising effort by the Rangers tonight. They beat a team that has been hot lately, and their speed was evident throughout the night. They were winning puck races and creating offensive chances because of that. Talbot played pretty well, and I think this was the most complete game they’ve played since the break.
The Rangers head to Nashville to take on the Predators, who have a record of 20-2-1 at home this year. Game time is 3pm on Saturday.