|New York Rangers' Steve Eminger (44) covers Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden, in New York, Monday, April 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) |
Tonight’s two-goal loss was the only game decided by multiple scores between the two teams this season.
Brandon Dubinsky provided the game-winner with his 24th goal of the season 16:12 into the third frame.
“Our backend certainly had a tough time tonight and up front, I thought we were okay for the first thirty minutes, but then again, instead of playing the type of game we were supposed to play for 60 minutes, we stopped playing,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after the game
“We decided to get cute and when you get cute that’s what happens. So again, that’s, for me it’s a disappointing loss, but you certainly hope your players walk out of here learning something about this.”
Boston came out strong and outshot the Rangers 19-5 in the first period. Goals from Daniel Paille
and Nathan Horton
put Boston up 2-0 before the first was over, and Chris Kelly
added to that mid-way through the second frame.
But the desperate Rangers never stopped battling and gave the Bruins more than they could handle as they laid 26 shots on B’s goaltender Tim Thomas
“Even if they had desperation, we were still the better team the first half of the game, the only reason they took over is because we let them,” Julien said.
“We stopped doing the things that we were doing so well at first and some guys would prefer being cute than being efficient, and when you get that way, and start taking penalties and got out of position and you end up getting yourself in trouble.“
Thomas made some key saves throughout the game, but wasn’t able to stifle the New York attack.
The Rangers’ fifth goal, an empty-netter with 52 seconds to go, put the game out of reach for Boston.
“At this stage in the season, you hope that it’s a real good lesson that we learn tonight, that if you don’t want to respect the game plan for sixty minutes, those things are going to happen,” Julien said.
With the win and the two points, the Rangers move into a tie with Montreal for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins currently sit in third, and should the standings remain the same, would play the sixth place team in the opening round, making tonight’s game a possible playoff preview.