April 1, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Rangers

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 2
NYR - 1

SHOTS
BOS - 18
NYR - 15

Two periods of action have been completed in New York where the Bruins hold a 2-1 lead over the Rangers.

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (back in the lineup after undergoing treatment for a leg infection) tallied early in the second to tie things up, as his blast from the blue line made it 1-1. 

Captain Zdeno Chara picked up an assist on the tally, extending his point streak to five games.

With 8:08 to go and Michael Del Zotto in the box for interference, Patrice Bergeron's 22nd of the season put the B's ahead 2-1, as No. 37's wrister from just below the circle on Lundqvist's blocker side eluded the New York netminder.

Chara and behemoth center Brian Boyle (Hingham, Mass.) nearly dropped the gloves late in the frame as the two giants exchanged plenty of cross-checks behind the play in Boston's zone. Look for the increasing feistiness to carry over into the third.

The Bruins dominated at the dot in the second period, winning 11-of-14 faceoffs. Patrice Bergeron is a perfect 10-for-10 tonight.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0
NYR - 1

SHOTS
BOS - 7
NYR - 5

Twenty minutes are in the books at Madison Square Garden where the Rangers lead the visiting Bruins by a score of 1-0.

Marian Gaborik notched his second 40-goal campaign in the last three seasons when he opened the scoring at the 4:33 mark. The ever-dangerous winger came in alone, as Zdeno Chara couldn't catch him, and beat Thomas to make it 1-0.

Boston's scoring chances were few and far between, as Henrik Lundqvist had to make just seven stops in the opening frame.

On a positive note, New York didn't get many bids down the other end of the ice. Their last shot came with 9:35 left in the period.

The Blueshirts out-hit Boston by a 14-8 margin and won 8-of-15 faceoffs in the opening frame.