This game had it all. Great offensive chances, big saves, great defense, fights, big hits, aggressive play, and tempers flowing. In the end, it was another hard-fought and well-earned Rangers victory.


The first period opened up with a bang, when Brunins’ defenseman Mark Stuart leveled Fedotenko at the blue line with a clean hit, and Sean Avery came over immediately to stick up for his teammate. It’s been a rare occurrence for a Rangers player to stick up for a teammate. Even though Avery was assessed two minutes (and then a ten minute misconduct) it was refreshing to see.

After Derek Stepan drew a tripping penalty, Anisimov scored on the man advantage by batting the puck in the net out of mid-air. Just 30 seconds later, Alex Frolov got credit for the second goal when a loose puck in front wound up in the air and deflected off Mark Stuart’s glove into the net. With less than ten seconds left in the first period, Bruins’ monster Zdeno Chara got Boston on the board when he rifled a shot past Henrik Lundqvist on a Bruins 5-on-3 powerplay.

The first period was definitely a wild one. When it was over, the score was already 2-1 Rangers and there had already been three fights. Both teams certainly came out with their guns blazing.

The second period opened with the Rangers still on the penalty kill. This time around, it was the Rangers who capitalized. Marc Staal, coming out of the penalty box, intercepted a bad pass and beat Tuukka Rask on a great move giving the Rangers a 3-1 lead. The Bruins made it 3-2 when David Krejci fed Nathan Horton in front, who beat Lundqvist stick side. The play was gift-wrapped when the Rangers failed to clear the zone – twice in the same shift. That would be it for the scoring as the Rangers retained a one goal lead throughout thanks to King Henrik. Lundqvist made an unbelievable stop, stoning Jordan Caron point blank on a centering pass from Blake Wheeler. The Bruins had several chances to tie the game in the final minutes of the third, but they weren’t able to beat Lundqvist.

Rangers Three Stars:

First – Henrik Lundqvist: 34 saves on 36 shots against
Second – Brandon Dubinsky: 1 Assist, +/- 1, 4 shots on goal, a ton of special teams time (4:31 SH, 5:45 PP)
Third – Marc Staal: 1 Goal (SH), +/- 1