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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (46-21-9)

Away: New York Rangers (29-33-13)

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New York’s Lineup













First Period

The Bruins first line got off to a good start in the opening moments with a couple shots on goal. The B’s would pick up a power play just 2:29 into the game as they looked to establish an early lead. David Pastrnak slammed home his 34th goal of the season on a beautiful cross ice feed from Brad Marchand just 19 seconds into the man advantage.

The Bruins continued to pressure the New York end after the goal, looking to extend their early lead. The B’s were hungry on the puck in the first period but appeared to be a bit jumpy, committing a ton of turnovers. The Rangers barely had any possession in the first half of the period as the Bruins looked very comfortable. New York started to find an offensive rhythm in the middle stages of the period as the B’s continued to be a bit sloppy.

The Bruins had a few opportunities to double the lead but Henrik Lundqvist continued to have a solid period with a couple big saves. Zdeno Chara would head to the penalty box with five minutes left in the period for a delay of game call. Mika Zibanejad tied the game on the man advantage after a deft pass from Ryan Strome with about three and a half minutes left in the period.

Score: Tied 1-1

Second Period

The Bruins picked another early period power play as Pastrnak was tripped down in the neutral zone and the B’s looked to regain the lead. The Rangers killed off the penalty but the Bruins did get a few chances and moved the puck very effectively. The B’s continued to have the majority of the chances but had a hard time solving Lundqvist for the second time. Pastrnak made it 2-1 after an incredible move by David Krejci, giving him his second goal of the game nearly midway through the period.

The Bruins seemed to be sharper defensively in the middle period as the Rangers struggled to maintain an offensive rhythm. The B’s went to the penalty kill for the second time in the game as Pastrnak went off for hooking. The Bruins killed the penalty as the Rangers got a few shots on net but it remained a 2-1 game.

Charlie McAvoy was called for hooking with four minutes left in the period as the Rangers got yet another opportunity on the power play. The B’s completed yet another successful penalty kill as the Rangers failed to get any significant scoring chances. Both Lias Andersson and Patrice Bergeron were called for coincidental minors late in the period and the Rangers picked up an extra penalty for roughing resulting in a Boston power play.

Score: 2-1 Bruins

Third Period

The Rangers killed off the early penalty to keep it a one goal game as the Bruins again failed to extend their lead. Another incredible passing sequence by the newly formed second line resulted in Jake DeBrusk doubling the Boston lead just 3:19 into the final period.

The B’s began to impose their will after the third goal as they stormed the New York end trying to put the game out of reach. The Rangers put that to bed quickly as Strome buried a loose puck in front of the net to cut the Boston lead in half.

The Bruins started to become sloppy again in their own end as the Rangers pushed very hard for the tying goal but Jaroslav Halak was up to the challenge. The B’s responded with a couple good shifts that nearly resulted in another two goal lead but it remained 3-2 after a puck hit the crossbar behind Lundqvist. The Bruins would pick up yer another power play as Strome went off for holding with 7:22 to go. Pastrnak made it a hat trick after a slick feed from Torey Krug just 14 seconds into the man advantage.

The Rangers were called for yet another penalty, this time for too many men as the game began to completely unravel for New York. Brendan Smith was called for a high stick during the man advantage which resulted in a five on three for the Bruins. Bergeron found the back of the net on a tipped shot by Pastrnak to give the B’s a three goal lead with over three minutes to go.

Another power play marker, this one by McAvoy put the icing on the cake for the Bruins less than a minute after Bergeron’s goal.

Zibanejad banged home a loose rebound to give the Rangers something to be happy about with about five seconds to play.

Final Score: 6-3 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Pastrnak. The winger had one of his best games of the season, putting up five points and was easily the best player on the ice.

Second Star: Krejci. With Pastrnak on his side, Krejci had another strong game and continued his great season.

Third Star: Marchand. Three assists for the feisty winger in another very solid performance.

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