NYR
26-18-4
BOS
28-14-6

Rangers fall to Bruins in season-opener at Boston

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

By Jim Cerny, BlueshirtsUnited.com

After a longer-than-hoped-for off-season, the Rangers finally were able to play their first game of a truncated 2013 season schedule Saturday night. However their excitement to be playing a game was trumped by the disappointing 3-1 loss the Rangers suffered at the hands of the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Boston scored one goal in each of the three periods and never trailed in handing the visitors the season-opening loss. The Bruins outshot the Rangers 34-21, with Tuukka Rask looking quite poised with a 20-save effort in goal for Boston.

The game's momentum swung decidedly in favor of the home team in the third period when the Bruins denied the Rangers during a 5-on-3 New York power play---one set up when Rick Nash, in his Rangers debut, drew a hooking call on Zdeno Chara after powering through two defenseman on his way to the net during a Rangers man advantage at 4:23 and Boston holding a 2-1 lead. Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan had good scoring chances during the 5-on-3, but Rask was up to the challenge.

Under four minutes later Boston's Johnny Boychuk slapped a shot from the right point which deflected off Richards and past Henrik Lundqvist at 8:13 to provide the Bruins a two-goal cushion. Seconds earlier Lundqvist had made a simply sensational diving glove save along the goal line to deny David Krejci.

After spotting the Bruins a two-goal lead midway through the second period, the Rangers received a much-needed jolt of energy when Richards scored the club's first goal of the season, halving the home team's lead in the process.

On a broken play---after his pass for Nash caromed back to him at the top of the right circle---Richards unleashed a quick shot that beat Rask under the crossbar at 12:50 of the middle period to make the score 2-1. Nash earned the primary assist on the goal, his first point as a Ranger, and Dan Girardi was credited with the secondary assist.

Less than a minute after Richards' score, more energy seared through TD Garden as first Mike Rupp and Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves at 13:35, and three seconds later Stu Bickel fought Gregory Campbell. Neither team took advantage on the scoreboard from the extra energy provided by the fisticuffs, and the Rangers headed into the dressing room after 40 minutes trailing 2-1 while being outshot 25-15.

Boston's Milan Lucic opened the scoring at the 14:14 mark of the first period, potting a rebound kicked right on to his stick by Lundqvist after a right wing shot by Krejci. Later Daniel Paille deflected a Campbell shot off of Lundqvist and just over the goal line at 8:20 of the second period to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:14BOS Milan Lucic (1) ASST: David Krejci (1), Andrew Ference (1) 1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
08:20BOS Daniel Paille (1) ASST: Gregory Campbell (1) 2 - 0 BOS
12:50NYR Brad Richards (1) ASST: Rick Nash (1), Dan Girardi (1) 2 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
08:13BOS Johnny Boychuk (1) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (1) 3 - 1 BOS
Three Stars of the Game
Zdeno Chara
1st
Zdeno Chara
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 0PIM: 4
+/-: 2TOI: 23:43
Tuukka Rask
2nd
Tuukka Rask
SA: 21TOI: 59:56
GA: 1EV: 14-15
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .952SH: 2-2
Patrice Bergeron
3rd
Patrice Bergeron
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:48
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:19NYR Carl Hagelin  Interference against  Nathan Horton
08:04BOS Adam McQuaid  Interference against  Brian Boyle
09:05NYR Brian Boyle  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tuukka Rask
09:05NYR Brian Boyle  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:53BOS Andrew Ference  Interference against  Ryan Callahan
2nd Period
04:03NYR Brandon Segal  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
08:34BOS Zdeno Chara  Interference against  Rick Nash
13:35BOS Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
13:35NYR Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
13:38NYR Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
13:38BOS Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Stu Bickel
3rd Period
03:53BOS Milan Lucic  Boarding against  Carl Hagelin
04:23BOS Zdeno Chara  Hooking against  Rick Nash
06:04NYR Rick Nash  Hooking against  Andrew Ference
14:26BOS Milan Lucic  Misconduct (10 min)
15:02NYR Carl Hagelin  Hooking against  Brad Marchand
19:02NYR Chris Kreider  Too many men/ice - bench
shots by period
PeriodNYRBOS
1st714
2nd811
3rd69
Total2134
Team Stats
CategoryNYRBOS
Power Plays0/50/7
Hits3427
Faceoff Wins2335
Giveaways101
Takeaways16
Blocked Shots105
Penalty Minutes2430
  • NY RANGERS
  • BOSTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD0003022:11
5D. GirardiD0101024:47
6A. StralmanD00-10013:10
10M. GaborikR00-12015:55
14T. PyattL00-22012:36
15J. HalpernC00-1009:30
17M. RuppL00-1054:38
18M. StaalD00-30021:28
19B. RichardsC1003021:46
20C. KreiderL0000010:13
21D. StepanC0003018:53
22B. BoyleC00-11415:08
24R. CallahanR0003021:37
27R. McDonaghD0001024:21
41S. BickelD000055:30
42B. SegalR000025:21
61R. NashL01-12221:41
62C. HagelinL0010419:07
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist3134.91259:10
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
11G. CampbellC011059:56
17M. LucicL10131214:22
18N. HortonR0002016:02
19T. SeguinC0022015:07
20D. PailleL1012011:23
21A. FerenceD01-12217:58
22S. ThorntonL000056:17
23C. KellyC0003017:50
27D. HamiltonD0002013:40
33Z. CharaD0024423:43
37P. BergeronC0105017:48
44D. SeidenbergD0011023:59
46D. KrejciC0113017:38
48C. BourqueL00-10012:46
49R. PeverleyC0001017:18
54A. McQuaidD0000215:53
55J. BoychukD1023020:43
63B. MarchandL0011017:42
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
40T. Rask2021.95259:56