Rangers Beat Bruins 3-2; Senators Lose Galluccio, and Game to Bruins 4-1

It would appear the Bruins fell victim to a classic case of Post Fenway Winter Classic letdown

against the Rangers in New York on Monday, losing 3-2 when Chris Higgins scored his first goal at Madison Square Garden this season with 1:29 left in regulation. Despite a pair of goals in the waning minutes to tie the Rangers at two before Higgins’ game-winner, the Bruins did not show up for this game.  Word on the street is that coach Claude Julien  went all Elin Nordegren on the B’s troops following what he saw as a pathetic showing by the Bruins.  Another disturbing stat: in the Bruins last nine road games, they were 0 for 29 on the power play.  Tuukka Rask was in-goal, and while solid for the majority of the game, Higgins’ winning goal was one he would like to have back.  The Bruins would have a chance just 24 hours later to show that, despite the sluggish showing against the Rangers, they did not go into their hibernaculum for the winter just yet. And Claude  had made it clear he was looking for results, not rhetoric.

It was a different team that took the ice in Ottawa on Tuesday nite, and before Tim Thomas could sing Sweet Caroline, the Bruins had given him a 4-0 lead 13:45 into the first.  Breaking another undesirable trend, two of the goals were on the power play.

The Bruins were in command

the rest of the way, and won a 4-1 decision that was quite combative at times.

Shawn Thornton and Matt (don’t call me Terry) Carkner had this skirmish in the second period:

…and here’s some closure for the Terry Carkner reference:

It’s good to hear Fred Cusick‘s voice in the above video…I’m sure Fred was calling the Winter Classic from that big play-booth in the sky.  Just like Jack Edwards will be the play-by-play man in hell.

The good news from these two games: Blake Wheeler‘s five points (3 G, 2 A).  The bad news: Patrice Bergeron is out for 2-3 weeks (fractured thumb, non-displaced) and Andrew Ference is out six weeks (groin).  Bergeron’s loss especially hurts, as he was the Bruins leader in points and in presence.  Milan Lucic (possible Saturday return against the Rangers)

can’t return fast enough, as the Bruins forwards will need a boost with Bergeron’s loss. Ference’s injury, while unfortunate, will allow young B’s blueliners Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid to get some much-needed ice-time to develop.

Someone will step up to fill the void left by Ference’s zero goals in 42 games.

The Bruins (22-13-7, 51 pts, 5th in Eastern Conference) play their next 2 games against teams that are a combined 15-3-2 in their last 10 games. The Western Conference leading Chicago Blackhawks (30-10-3, 63 pts) make their lone TD Garden visit of the season on Thursday nite.  And the New York Rangers (7-1-2 in last 10 games) come to Boston on Saturday for a 1:00 matinee game.


6 Responses to “Rangers Beat Bruins 3-2; Senators Lose Galluccio, and Game to Bruins 4-1”

  1. Freida Malone Says:

    What’s your beef with Jack Edwards?

  2. Galluccio Defense Team Says:

    Real manly of you to kick a guy when he’s down.

    FYI, its only a matter of time when test results are in showing, as Howie Carr called it, my Arm and Hammered toothpaste defense to be legit.

    Don’t go filling my seat too soon ’cause I’ll be back, and I’m coming after you Clarence!

    Anthony G.

  3. FormerBruinsFan Says:

    Clarence, thanks for the buildup of the last two games. explaining how they were a chance to see how the B’s stack up against the league’s iron.

    Unfortunately, they don’t. Two games, zero points! And don’t look for things to improve on the upcoming western swing. It should be interesting to see how many points they salvage out there. The over/under is 3 and I’m thinking under. How about you Clarence?
    Good thing they play the Galluccio-less Senators so much. That might be their next win!

    TGF those Celtics, did you catch their trip to Toronto today? Major injuries and they keep on winning! Not like the jabronies on skates that call Boston home. Nice we have one winter sports team we can take some pride in.

    Clarence, what happened to the dump Jack Edwards movement? You Bruins fans need some entertainment and it’s certainly not watching them play!

    • clarencethehorse Says:

      FBF – I am beginning to understand why you are a FORMER Bruins fan….SERENITY NOW~!!!
      And don’t worry….Jack is not off my radar…

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