And that’s that.
The New York Rangers 2013 season of promise came to a disappointing end today on the ice in Massachusetts.
Fighting for their collective lives, the Rangers played a solid road period. They had a slight advantage in play and showed they wouldn’t be pushed around in Boston. Derek Dorsett fought Shawn Thornton while the game was scoreless, and while Dorsett didn’t win, he showed some heart.
Halfway through the frame, the suddenly sizzling Ranger power play got the Blueshirts on the board at 9:21 of the first. After Henrik Lundqvist blockered a shorthanded wrist shot into the netting, Brian Boyle won a huge face off back to Michael Del Zotto. MDZ hit Chris Kreider (yes, Torts put Kreider on the power play) in the neutral zone and Kreider chipped the puck off the wall and retrieved it in the Bruins zone, absorbing a big hit from Matt Bartkowski while wheeling it around the wall to Brian Boyle who continued it to Mats Zuccarello. Zucc and Dan Girardi played some back and forth with the biscuit before Girardi one-timed a rocket from the point by Tuukka Rask. The B’s keeper never saw the blast with Brian Boyle’s gigantic ass blocking his view and the Rangers had a 1-0 lead.
It was such a simple power play and an effective one. The Rangers moved the puck, moved themselves, created traffic in front and shot the puck. They had a big body parked in front of the goalie and speedy creative wingers moving. Where was that all year?
Henrik Lundqvist was terrific as always robbing Milan Lucic with a sick glove save after another Del Zotto giveaway. Hank preserved the lead and the Rangers played a great road period and headed to the locker room up 1-0.
In the second, the Bruins evened the game with a
John Druce Torey Krug laser from the point on the power play. The Bruins gained entry into the Rangers zone and Tyler Seguin sent a pass to Krug for the one-timer rocket that beat Hank glove side high.
The B’s poured it on the Rangers after the Krug goal, but Hank was excellent stopping everything they threw at him to keep the score tied. And then with just under seven minutes to go, Roman Hamrlik (on leave from his job as a fossil at the Museum of Natural History) went full turn-over machine. Feeling no forecheck pressure from the Bruins, the Hammer tired an ill-advised stretch pass out of his own zone directly to Daniel Paille. Paille flubbed a dump-in try and the puck came right back to Hamrlik, who isntantly put a nice soft pass on Paille’s tape. Paille threw the puck on net and Hamrlik and Kris Newberry both rushed to cover Shawn Thornton and as the puck hit off a leg Gregory Campbell swooped in and chipped the puck by Hank for the 2-1 Bruin lead.
Just like in Game 4, the Blueshirts headed to the third period down a goal with 20 minutes left in their season. However, this time, the Rangers didn’t muster anything more than a duck fart as the Bruins dominated the Rangers the rest of the way. Derek Dorsett didn’t help, going penalty happy by taking two bad penalties that the Rangers killed off.
Hank was amazing again in the third and kept the score 2-1, though it easily could have ben 10-1. The Rangers didn’t generate much of anything in the stanza until Ryan Callahan got a breakaway with about 11 minutes left in the third. Cally sped in and tried to beat Rask over the blocker with a backhand, but Rask waffled it away.
An empty netter by Campbell iced the game, series and the Rangers 2013 season.