I feel like we have watched this exact game over and over again. The Bruins play a solid game, get a ton of scoring chances, deserve to win, but LOSE. Monday’s game at Madison Square Garden was the latest installment in this trend.
Late in the final frame, with the game tied 1-1, the Bruins seemed destined to be heading to overtime for the second straight game. HOWEVER, with 1:42 left, a Keith Yandle shot that was heading well wide was tipped past Rask by Jesper Fast to break the tie and our hearts.
The third period began with the Bruins leadi-WHOOPS the Rangers just scored. Just 35 seconds into the third, a failed clearing attempt led to Rangers’ winger Mats Zuccarello taking the puck to the net and finding an uncovered Derick Brassard backdoor to knot the game at one apiece.
The Bruins opened the game’s scoring midway through the second period, when Jimmy “The Pride of Dorchester” Hayes (Take a lap, Kevin) ripped a wrist shot past Henrik Lundqvist from just inside the blue line.
Hayes is officially red hot, with five goals and an assist in his last six games. This goal marks his tenth of the season, making him the fifth Bruin to reach double digits in scoring (Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci, Eriksson).
Ryan Spooner received the primary assist on the goal, and is also producing offense at a high rate as of late (hey, that rhymed). He has accumulated seven points (two goals, five assists) over the past six games.
Following the Hayes goal, momentum was on Boston’s side, and another Bruins goal seemed inevitable. The posts (and Lundqvist) had other plans.
Brett Connolly, who has ONE GOAL in his last THIRTY GAMES, had a golden opportunity to finally get the monkey off his back, buuuut he rang the post.
The fourth line of Rinaldo-Talbot-Ferraro actually had a really solid game. They were moving their feet all game long, and generated nine shots on goal. It appeared as if they were going to be rewarded with a goal, but apparently Lundqvist is part scorpion, and he managed to get his heel on this shot.
In the first period, Spooner took advantage of a Rangers’ turnover, walked in all alone, DANGLED “The King,” and tucked in a backhander. Wait, what? THAT DIDN’T GO IN!?
Despite all of the bad puck luck, Tuukka gave the team every chance to win this game. He stopped 28 of 30 shots, including numerous high-quality chances. Not much he could’ve done on either goal.
The Bruins have a lot to be happy about with their play moving forward, but they absolutely can not afford to continue leaving points on the board. They are 3-6-1 in their last ten, and need to turn that trend around immediately, especially with the fucking Florida Panthers somehow running away with the division. Seriously, who saw that coming?
We’re on to Philly.
[Header photo via bruins.nhl.com]