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Monday, January 21, 2008

Game 47: Bruins beat Rangers 3-1 inside Madison Square Garden, are 24-18-5

Did the Bruins look like the better team? No. Did the Bruins win? Hell yes! A solid two points, topped off with the Patriots clinching the Super Bowl a few hours later.

NBC had this game. I know I've said this before, but we are very spoiled when it comes to television broadcasts. NESN really does a great job. Mike Millbury was a familiar face during the NBC intermission show, but he almost went as far as to trash talk Phil Kessel. This NBC crew had clearly not done their homework when it comes to the Bruins, but they did do a good job explaining what was happening on the ice.

The Bruins were badly out-shot 12-4 in the first period. The only goal of the period was a shorthanded one by the Bruins. Zdeno Chara did a good job getting the puck to a streaking Chuck Kobasew. Kobasew's great snap shot got the puck by Lunqvist.

The second period was eventless. The Bruins killed off two penalties, and Tim THomas remained dominant, but so was Lunqvist. In the third period, the Bruins started playing with much more energy. Two minutes in, Glen Metropolit was able to gain control of a short rebound, move the puck, and tap it into the net. The game remained 2-0 for a while until a pass in the Ranger's zone was intercepted by Savard. Savard's shot was saved, but Phil Kessel calmly collected the long rebound and shot the puck into the back of the goal.

With the Bruins up 3-0, the very tired defense (led by Wideman's 26+ minutes) got a little sloppy and the Rangers were able to score. Tim Thomas was pissed about not getting the shutout, but he was still cheery after the game. The Bruins were able to Get 4 points out of this home and home series (FYI: both games were sold out) and now have 53 points. The Bruins are 3-0-1 in their last four games and head into Montreal on Tuesday to try and pull off a win over the Habs. The game is on Versus at 7:30. Keep in mind that Montreal is significantly worse at home then they are on the road.


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