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Rangers D Proves Impenetrable

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA – When 40-plus shots get put on net – at least one is bound to go in right?

Not necessarily.

It sounds like a bad case of déjà vu, but unfortunately the Bruins have been there before – and not too long ago.

Nearly two weeks ago, the Bruins pelted the Carolina with 47 shots, but Hurricanes goaltender (and Bruins killer) Cam Ward turned away every one as the B’s lost 3-0.

Last night, the Bruins peppered New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist with 42 shots, but he also made every save as the Blueshirts left TD Garden with a 3-0 win and two very important points.

The Black & Gold consistently challenged the front-running Vezina Trophy candidate, but they failed to capitalize on some errant rebounds.

“We had enough offensive zonetime – we had good chances, good looks,” Seidenberg said. “But we just didn’t have that bite to get those rebounds and put them in the back of the net.”

Midway through the third period, Seidenberg’s slap shot appeared to go in and make it a 3-1 game. But after review, replay showed that the puck was lodged between the white padding on the outside of the net and never actually went into the goal mouth.

It was the Boston Bruins night in a nutshell.

The New York Rangers are notorious for their shot-blocking capabilities, and their defense proved tough last night as 16 different players blocked a total of 22 shots.

“We had 42 shots but other than when [David] Krejci broke there with a couple minutes left, I can’t remember an odd man rush or a one and alone on the goalie kind of deal,” Thomas said. “That tells you that they’re playing good defense and they block a lot of shots – they make it difficult.

“They pressure you and they block a lot of shots. It seems like half their players spend half the time in their D-zone down on one knee.”

But even if the Bruins mustered some quality shots, it might not have made much of a difference.

According to Seidenberg, the Bruins put themselves behind the 8-ball from the get-go.

“In the first period we didn’t come out with enough energy,” Seidenberg said. “We lost puck battles, we lost puck races, and they just used their opportunities to convert on those odd man situations and those chances they got.

"From then on they just played solid defenses and relied on their shot blocking and their goalie.”

After the loss, the Bruins headed for Montreal to kick off a six-game, 11-day road trip and Seidenberg said he hopes it helps the team get back on track.

“I don’t know if it makes it easier, I mean we’ve been solid so far at home, but it’s a good change of scenery,” Seidenberg said. “Maybe it’s going to change – our mentality’s going to change.

"I know that we’re keeping it simple, and just going back to back to basics – hopefully we can all find our game again and start winning.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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