Tuukka Rask’s play was not enough for the Bruins to win two points in New York
The other day I wrote about how in the past the Boston Bruins came out slow and tired during matinee games, likely due to a night previous of crazy partying or whatever the kids do these days. That didn’t happen on Monday afternoon even though it was an early-season matinee and the opponent wasn’t exactly the ’98 Wings. It was to be expected that the Boston Bruins should be up to the task to play a fellow Eastern Conference Contender on national television in a hostile crowd environment.
Instead, not only did they forget to wake up after getting off the team bus at Madison Square Garden, but they also encountered a desperate New York Rangers team, looking to make sure that they did not fall to 0-3 on the season. The Boston Bruins team that stepped on the ice looked like one that Bruins fans would expect to see in a matinee and it cost them early on. The way that the Bruins defense was protecting goal-tender Tuukka Rask put all milk-crates within a five-mile radius.
The Rangers scored two goals to take an early 2-0 lead. The Bruins looked lost and needed something to get them going. A fight from Adam McQuaid at the end of the first period and a quick rush from Milan Lucic to start the second period gave the Bruins new life and they quickly tied the game. Seconds after the tying goal, however, the Rangers retook the lead.
Which was the shame of this game. After the first 10 minutes, the Bruins were the better team and it was pretty damn clear. Unfortunately, hockey is a 60 minute game and not a 40 minute game. The Bruins have had there share of games where they are the ones that held on for a win after laying off the gas pedal. Tonight, they were on the other side of that.
Shout out to two Bruins. First, rookie Dougie Hamilton was one of the best Bruins tonight. There was fear that his first road game could be difficult for him, but he was usually in the right position on defense and used his body correctly to stop scoring opportunities. Most importantly, however, might be his control on the power-play. The Bruins power-play has continued a tradition of being abysmal, but with Hamilton and his passing ability on the ice, there is a chance that it could get better.
Finally, Tuukka Rask should have put all the doubters to bed tonight. After the rough start and continual “eh” defense from the Bruins, Tuukka stood tall in net and made numerous huge saves. His two snow-angel saves in the third period on what were essentially breakaway opportunities for the Rangers were not only spectacular, but they also gave the Bruins the opportunity to earn the point.
Smile Tuukka. You’re the goalie for the Bruins future.