BOSTON – It was a highly entertaining hockey game at its core, but it was also one that will go down as a loss for the Boston Bruins when it’s all said and done.
The Bruins dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the New York Rangers on a Mats Zuccarello sniped shot that beat Tuukka Rask high to the glove side, and ended the Bruins attempts to come all the way back from a two-goal deficit midway through the game.
The Rangers struck first on a fluky goal in the first period as Michael Grabner sped through splitting the Bruins defense, and fired a shot high and wide that took a wild carom off the glass and ricocheted off the back and skate of Tuukka Rask before ending up in the back of the net. The Blueshirts added to in a poor penalty kill effort in the second period with JT Miller getting behind the entire B’s four-man unit, and promptly burying a backhanded bid past Rask.
The Bruins fought back, however, and halved the lead after one of five brutal power play possessions in the first two periods of the game. Zdeno Chara lofted a point shot at the Rangers net shortly after one of their PP’s had expired, and Danton Heinen tipped the shot past Henrik Lundqvist to make it a one-goal game.
The Bruins then finally hit paydirt on the power play in the third period as David Pastrnak wheeled around and fed Brad Marchand for a one-timer at the bottom of the face-off circle. That’s the way the game stayed until the 3-on-3 OT when the Bruins were whistled for a too many men on the ice penalty, and Zuccarello scored in the extra session for the Rangers win.