Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rangers and refs pound Bruins 5-2

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist robs the Bruins, on March 23, 2016. Watch the game recap video here.
The Bruins could not beat the NY Rangers and the refs last night and ended up losing 5-3. The Bruins are losing serious ground in the playoff race and are in jeopardy of not making the playoffs now.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Matt Beleskey dropped the gloves with Rangers Tanner Glass and had a quick bout. Later, Rangers Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal, making the score 1-0 Rangers. Later, Rangers Derek Stepan scored a power-play goal, making the score 2-0 Rangers.

In the second period, Rangers Derick Brassard scored, making the score 3-0 Rangers. Later, Bruins Lee Stempniak scored his 18th goal of the season, making the score 3-1.

In the third period, Rangers J.T. Miller scored, making the score 4-1 Rangers. Later, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 7th goal of the season, making the score 4-2. Later, Rangers Rick Nash scored, an empty-net goal, making the score 5-2 Rangers.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask started the game but only played the first period. Rask made 6 saves on 8 shots. Rask didn't get the decision in this game and now has a 2.53 GAA and a .917 save percentage this season. Jonas Gustavsson played the second and third periods and made 13 saves on 15 shots. Gustavsson is now 11-7-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .911 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 41-24, hits 30-27 and faceoff wins 42-25. The Rangers led the game in blocked shots 18-9. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Rangers went 2-for-6.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Lee Stempniak, Patrice Bergeron and Noel Acciari led the Bruins with 4 hits each. John-Michael Liles led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Brett Connolly, Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell and Zach Trotman were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 39-27-8 with 86 points this season. The Bruins are now 23-11-3 on the road this season. The Bruins are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday, when they host the Florida Panthers, at 7pm ET.

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