Tenacious B’s Take One Point In 4-3 Shootout Loss to Rangers
If there’s one thing the Bruins have shown so far in this shortened season, it’s that they don’t give up–ever. And last night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers only stand to prove that points can be stolen, and enough tenacity from a team can bear good results.
That being said, the Bruins stole a point at TD Garden.
After falling behind 3-0 early in the third period, the B’s seemingly were going to drop the game and count it as loss. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had already stopped 23 shots, and yet between that and New York’s defense, nothing found its way into the back of the net.
But not even that stopped the Bruins, and despite ultimately losing in the shootout, in the third period, they came up with three goals–two within the last minute and a half of the period with a pulled goalie.
Bruins forward Nathan Horton scored at 18:29 on a fortunate rebound that he sneaked past the left leg pad of Lundqvist to make it 3-2 Rangers. That suddenly became the most exciting 1:31 of the season.
48 seconds later, Brad Marchand came up big once again with a zero-angle shot from the right side, sniping the tying goal with 43 seconds left. That goal marked Marchand’s seventh goal in 11 games this season.
“It was wild,” Marchand said. “The fans are incredible, and it just seemed like once we got that first one, we knew we were going to tie it up. We just kept going, and it’s always fun having a game like that in our rink. It just seems like our fans are so up for it and really enjoy it. It’s just too bad we couldn’t finish it off.”
Boston went into overtime, and after those five minutes of hockey, they ultimately landed in a shootout. Marchand and Rick Nash were the only two to score in the first three rounds of shooters, but Ryan Callahan sealed the deal in the fourth round after Lundqvist made a save on David Krejci.
The B’s have now taken 18-of-22 possible points this season, and still only have one regulation loss to their name.
“With a lot less games, a lot less points on the table, you want to get any points that you can,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. “So, like I said, it was good to see the guys battle all the way through to the end and pick up that point. That’s the thing we have in this room is we’ve got a lot of character, and we have guys who aren’t going to quit no matter what the situation is, and we proved that tonight.”
Krejci started the momentum, scoring with 11:16 left in the period, penetrating through the defense and through the previously perfect Lundqvist.
Though it didn’t technically count as a power play goal, it was as close as you can get to one as New York’s Rick Nash had just left the penalty box. That was Krejci’s fourth goal of the season, and one that the Bruins used to get back in the game.
“It was important obviously you’ve got to get the first one,” Krejci said about his goal in the third. Once you get the first one then they get nervous a little bit and I think that’s what happened. We were all over them, we were getting great chances after the first goal and our shooters did a good job driving the net and then putting the puck in the back of the net.”
Bruins head coach Claude Julien agreed saying that his player’s drive and focus to win games is what earned them the point last night.
“What I said to our players once we got that first goal, you know, I was saying there was over 10 minutes left and the guys were saying listen it’s about getting a goal every five minutes,” Julien said. “And it’s very doable and they believe in themselves, and they just kept [going]. And right now that’s a good sign. I think it certainly saved us from having a regulation loss tonight just with that attitude. And although we weren’t perfect and I didn’t think we were at our best, we still found a way to get a point in a situation where it looked pretty grim at halfway through the third.”