Bruins taste defeat for first time in 2013, a 4-3 decision in New York
Wednesday night’s game against the Bruins was something close to an early-season must-win for the Rangers and they played like it.
New York jumped out to a 2-0 just 6:49 into the contest and survived a great rally by the B’s to earn a 4-3 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden. Marian Gaborik completed his 14th career hat trick by skating in on a breakaway following a giveaway in New York’s zone by Boston just 27 seconds into overtime.
New York (1-2-0) picked up its first win while Boston (2-0-1) received its first loss, although the Bruins still grabbed a point since it went to the extra session. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves and overcame a shaky start from the whole team. They wouldn’t have made it to overtime without him since he robbed Rick Nash (one assist) and Gaborik in the last minute of the third period.
Gaborik made it 1-0 after a beautiful set play with Nash at 4:36. He showed great patience by waiting for Rask to go down before roofing it over him. Things got worse for the B’s as Gaborik potted home an easy rebound at 6:49. Boston bumbled through two fruitless power plays and trailed 2-0 after one period. Adam McQuaid’s fight vs. Brian Boyle seemed to spark some energy for the Bruins.
At 1:05 of the second period, Brad Marchand tipped in Dougie Hamilton’s shot from the point, snapping the 0-for-11 power play slump to start the season and giving the 19-year-old defenseman his first career NHL point. Milan Lucic tied it at two after a four-on-two and a rebound by Henrik Lundqvist (26 saves). Less than a minute later, Taylor Pyatt scored a similar goal for the Rangers.
In the third period, Boston got some superb work on the penalty kill (down two-men for 1:13) then later tied it at 15:37 on Nathan Horton’s first goal in a little over a year (Jan. 19, 2012). Andrew Ference and Gregory Campbell made it happen along the boards. The B’s return home to face the Islanders (1-1-0) on Friday (7 p.m., NESN) at TD Garden.