Boston Bruins (16-7-2) vs. New York Rangers (13-12-0)
3:46 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, NYR 2
B'S BOUNCE BACK: The Bruins bounced back from a 6-1 loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, and rallied back from being down 2-1 today, to top the Rangers 3-2 at TD Garden. The Bruins get offensive production from Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron, while Tuukka Rask stopped 17 of 19 shots en route to his 14th win of the year and the B's 17th win. The Bruins will play their second game of the back-to-back set tomorrow against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
B'S CALLED FOR TOO MANY MEN: With 4:34 to go in the third period, the Bruins were called for too many men on the ice, with Milan Lucic sent to the box to serve the two-minute minor. The Bruins bailed themselves out with another solid PK showing, killing off their fifth straight penalty of they game.
CHARA GIVES B'S THE LEAD: Defenseman Zdeno Chara provided the Bruins with the go-ahead goal with 8:55 to go in the third period when he connected on an absolute laser of a slapshot from slightly below the center of the blueline. The goal marks Zdeno Chara's sixth tally of the season with Krejci picking up the assist for his team leading 19th point. The goal gives Zdeno Chara a multiple point game and a "Gordie Howe hat trick", with an assist, a goal and a fight. The Gordie How hat trick is Chara's fifth of his career and his third as a Boston Bruin. The last time Chara had a fight, goal and an assist came on December 17, 2011 against the Flyers in Philly.
BRUINS KNOT IT UP: 1:35 into the third period, the Bruins tied it up when a Patrice Bergeron sent a snapshot from just inside the right faceoff circle, which took a Bruins friendly bounce, past Lundqvist for his seventh goal of the season. Marchand (7) and Boychuk (5) are credited with the helpers of the play with their puck movement prior to the goal. Marchand now has a multiple point game today with a goal and an assist.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins will play their second game of the back-to-back set tomorrow against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
2:49 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, NYR 2
CHARA AND BOYLE TANGLE: Following a whistle in the Rangers end, shortly after Milan Lucic nearly scored, Zdeno Chara and New York's Brian Boyle dropped the mitts and engaged in a heated exchange of punches before Chara eventually earned the takedown. The linesman separated the two, sending them both to the locker to finish out the first period as under five minutes were left in the period. David Krejci was assessed a charging minor, while the Rangers' Anton Stralman was called for slashing as well prior to the fight, giving them each two minute matching minors.
SODERBERG SETS UP A CHANCE: Following a beautiful neutral zone breakout pass from Reilly Smith to Carl Soderberg set up a for Chris Kelly, who was in full sprint up ice, just ahead of Soderberg. Soderberg's pass was a touch too quick for Kelly to handle cleanly, but he retrieved it along the end boards and sent a shot back at New York's Henrik Lundqvist at a sharp angle that nearly snuck though but was eventually covered up.
B'S START STRONG: The Bruins started the second period off on the right foot, killing off Brad Marchand's high-sticking minor (see below) from the prior frame. The Bruins are now four-for-four on the penalty kill in today's matchup.
1:58 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, NYR 2
MARCHAND TO THE BOX: Brad Marchand was called for high-sticking with 45.6 seconds to go in the first, putting the Rangers on their third period power of the game. The Bruins didn't surrender any goals in the closing seconds of the frame, but the Rangers will still have 1:15 of power play time to start the beginning of the second period.
BRUINS GO ON THE PENALTY KILL: With 4:44 to go in a very busy first period, Zdeno Chara was assessed a minor to put the Bruins in the PK for the second time today. The Bruins were able to buckle down and limit the Rangers chances until 37 seconds remained in the power play, when Derek Brassard was called for called for hooking to give the Bruins 1:23 of power play time after killing the minor to Chara. The Bruins however were unable to sustain much pressure as the Rangers were able to kill off the penalty to Brassard unscathed.
RANGERS GO UP 2-1: The Rangers answered with 6:56 left in the first period, when Rick Nash scored for New York, knotting the game at 1-1. Just over a minute later, Ryan McDonagh put a wrister shot past Tuukka Rask, to make it 2-1. The goal marked Nash's third goal of the season and McDonagh's sixth.
MARCHAND SCORES: At the 8:18 mark, Bruins forward Brad Marchand connected on a cross-ice one-timer from Zdeno Chara from just below the right faceoff circle on a tough angle to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The goal marks Marchand's fourth goal of the season and first goal since November 15 when he scored against the Ottawa Sentors. Zdeno Chara (5) Eriksson (9) earn assists on the Marchand goal.
KRUG, MCQUAID & NASH SCUFFLE: Following a whistle at the 13:54 mark, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and New York's Rick Nash were involved in some extracurricular pushing and shoving which led to the Bruins being shorthanded, five-on-four, for two minutes. The Bruins 7th ranked PK units were able to hold off the Rangers 14th ranked PP units, keeping the game scoreless just over halfway through the first period.
TWO PENALTIES YIELD FOUR-ON-FOUR PLAY: Just 52 seconds into the game, the New York Rangers were given their first power play when Boston's Loui Eriksson was called for hooking. However, 11 seconds into the Ranger's power play, Chris Kreider was whistled for high-sticking on Zdeno Chara, yielding 1:49 of four-on four-play. The Bruins best opportunity came Patrice Bergeron threw a cross-ice pass to Zdeno Chara who skillfully redirected the puck, nearly scoring, ringing the right goal post. Both penalties expired with neither team able to convert, but appeared as though the momentum had swung in favor of the B's as Reilly Smith nearly scored on the doorstep moments after the penalty time expired. Good fundamental hockey all around by Black & Gold during four-on-four play.
12:44 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. NYR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (13-6-2, 1.89 GAA, .936 Save %) vs. Lundqvist (8-10-0, 2.48 GAA, .918 Save %). Rask is 4-3-3 with a 1.99 GAA and .935 save % with one shutout in 10 career games against New York. Lundqvist is 21-8-2 with a 1.68 GAA and .942 save % with six shutouts in 31 career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS RANGERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Rangers are meeting for the 633rd time tonight with the Bruins holding a 286-240-97-9 record and a 1,987-1,840 scoring advantage overall. The Bruins are 166-100-42-6 against the Rangers in their 314 games played in Boston, with the Black & Gold maintaining a 1,103-871 scoring edge in those contests. Boston has taken points in their last five games against New York with a 3-0-2 record.
STREAKING: Winger Reilly Smith enters tonight riding a four-game point streak with two goals and two assists during that span. Smith’s 17 points rank third on the team behind Milan Lucic and David Krejci, who have collected 18, while his 12 assists rank second.
HAMILTON STAYING POSITIVE: B’s blueliner Dougie Hamilton enters tonight with a plus-seven rating through 23 games played. Through 64 NHL games, Hamilton has been a plus or even player in 55 of those contests. All but three Bruins are even or higher in the plus/minus category, with Jarome Iginla and Dennis Seidenberg leading the way with a plus-10 rating through 25 games this season.
OVERTIME IN BOSTON: There have been six games this season in which the Bruins have played into overtime, with three of those games decided during the overtime frame and three decided in the shootout. All six of the overtime games have come in Boston, with the Bruins compiling a 3-0 record in the extra session and 1-2 record in the shootout.
SLICE THE ICE HOLIDAY SKATE AT TD GARDEN: The Boston Bruins will host their fourth annual “Slice the Ice” event to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation on Sunday, December 1. “Slice the Ice” will take place across four hour and a half sessions starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. At the event fans will have the opportunity to skate on the TD Garden ice and take pictures on the Bruins bench, at the Bruins goal, in the penalty box, and with the Zamboni® ice resurfacing machine. Fans will then be taken on a tour of the Boston Bruins locker room followed by a photo op with the 2011 Stanley Cup banner. Fans are encouraged to use this event to stage a unique and memorable family holiday photo.
180 AND COUNTING: Following last Saturday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Bruins have sold out 180 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
RANGERS NOTEBOOK: The Rangers are in their fifth game of a five-game road stretch which began on November 21 against the Dallas Stars…Brad Richards and Derek Stepan lead the Rangers in point production with 17 apiece…Stepan is tied for fourth in the league in power play assists with nine…Forward Rick Nash is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-goal seasons… Centerman Brian Boyle leads the Rangers in faceoff percentage winning draws at a 56.6 % rate (172/304).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 12-for-65 (18.5%, 17th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 64-for-75 (85.3%, 7th NHL)… Rangers power play: 16-for-85 (18.8%, 14th NHL), Rangers penalty kill: 71-for-83 (85.5%, 4th NHL).