NEW YORK CITY – Tim Schaller didn’t hesitate when asked where his spectacular, dangling goal against the befuddled New York Rangers ranked on his personal highlight reel.
“It's No. 1 [on the list],” said Schaller, with a wide smile. “That shot straight to the top...that was a good one.”
It was an absolute thing of beauty as Schaller attacked down the left wing with confident aggressiveness, and made a couple of quick-cut, dangling moves around Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Smith on his way to the net. Schaller kept it going after the nice stick moves, though, as he snapped a finishing shot over Henrik Lundqvist for the score. It all happened in one quick lightning strike from the fourth line winger, and when it was all over the Bruins had a 4-1 lead over the Rangers and King Henrik was immediately pulled from the game.
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Both Schaller and Sean Kuraly scored at the end of Boston’s 6-1 blowout win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, and for Schaller it actually set a new career-high at the NHL level with his eighth goal of the season. It was pretty appropriate on a night when all four of Boston’s forward lines contributed goals to the cause, and it once again showed that the New Hampshire native has a little offensive wiggle within his energy game.
“I thought it was an all-around effort. Great goal by Schaller, and Kuraly scored even though it was late. We’re getting contributions from that line and they’re doing a good job in the O-zone,” said Cassidy. “That was a good one [for Schaller]. Last year he had a few down the wings where he would bury it high every once in a while, so good for him. In the first period [it looked like] they were having trouble finding their legs and getting space, but in the second period I thought that line did a good job of opening things up and making some plays with the puck. They were attacking the net, so good for him.”
Schaller got some time on the third line in the last few games with the forward combos reconfigured without the suspended Brad Marchand, but he was back to his customary energy line role for the first time in a little while on Wednesday night.
Certainly it felt like there was an added comfort and confidence factor for Schaller on this night while burying the filthiest goal of his NHL career.