Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/19/13
BOSTON -- The Bruins spent their opening game giving all kinds of goodies to their fans to welcome them back from the long lockout. They clearly had no intention, however, of giving away a game as they beat the New York Rangers, 3-1, in an Original Six battle, the opener for both teams, Saturday night. "It was a great effort," center Patrice Bergeron said his team struggled some but played a strong game after a brief training camp. Tuukka Rask, the new No. 1 Boston goalie with Tim Thomas deciding not to play the final year of his contract, had a relatively easy night in his new role, stopping 20 shots. "I thought we played a great game as a team, and made my life a lot easier," Rask said, after the Bruins won their first opener since 2008. "It was a good game. "We kind of looked like a midseason-form team there. It's good to see. We just have to keep that up." Rask struggled in an open-to-the-public scrimmage earlier in the week, but looked sharp from the start Saturday ...
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