The New York Rangers dropped their second straight game this evening as they were defeated 6-3 by the Boston Bruins. David Pastrnak recorded a hat trick for Boston as they scored four goals in the third period. Mika Zibanejad scored two of the three Ranger goals and recorded his 70th point of the season.
1-0 Boston - PPG
David Pastrnak (34) - Brad Marchand (61) & Patrice Bergeron (45) - 2:48 1st Period
The Bruins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in this game as David Pastrnak registered his first goal on the power play. Boston did an excellent job of moving the puck around, and the play finished off with a crisp pass from Brad Marchand to Pastrnak. There wasn’t much the Rangers could do to prevent that goal, and New York found themselves down early.
1-1 Tie - PPG
Mika Zibanejad (29) - Ryan Strome (14) & Pavel Buchnevich (16) - 16:29 1st Period
A little later on in the period, the Rangers responded with a power play goal of their own coming from Mika Zibanejad. Ryan Strome made an excellent centering feed to Zibanejad, who made a ridiculous move in close and flipped the puck over Jaroslav Halak. Pavel Buchnevich also picked up the secondary assist on the goal, and extended his point streak to five games.
David Pastrnak (35) - David Krejci (47) & Torey Krug (43) - 9:15 2nd Period
David Pastrnak picked up his second goal of the game at the 9:52 mark of the second period with a 2-on-1 chance down low. David Krejci was able to absolutely burn Tony DeAngelo coming into the zone, and quickly dished a pass over to Pastrnak. Pastrnak was able to catch the puck in stride and flipped the puck over Lundqvist.
Jake DeBrusk (24) - David Pastrnak (40) & David Krejci (48) - 3:19 3rd Period
With the Rangers trailing by a goal, the Bruins doubled up their lead early in the third period courtesy of Jake DeBrusk. The goal was nearly identical to the last goal, but this time around it was David Pastrnak feeding the pass over to Jake DeBrusk on the far side. Henrik Lundqvist didn’t stand a chance on the goal yet again, and the Bruins took a 3-1 lead.
Ryan Strome (16) - Brett Howden (14) & Brady Skjei (17) - 5:43 3rd Period
The Rangers made things interesting about two minutes later as Ryan Strome responded on a rebound attempt at the top of the crease. Brady Skjei did an excellent job of getting the puck toward the net, and Jaroslav Halak was unable to handle the shot. Ryan Strome jumped on the loose puck and slipped the puck through Halak’s five hole to bring the Rangers back within a goal.
4-2 Bruins - PPG
David Pastrnak (36) - Torey Krug (44) & Brad Marchand (62) - 12:52 3rd Period
Shortly past the halfway mark of the third period, the Bruins really turned up the pressure with three consecutive goals. David Pastrnak also completed the hat trick as he ripped home a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle. Henrik Lunqvist never saw the shot as it came in on him, and the Bruins restored their two-goal lead.
5-2 Bruins - PPG
Patrice Bergeron (32) - David Pastrnak (41) & Brad Marchand (63) - 16:23 3rd Period
The Rangers continued to get into penalty trouble, and the Bruins kept answering with the man advantage. It originally looked like Pastrnak registered his fourth goal of the game, but the replay showed Patrice Begeron getting a slight piece of the puck. Lundqvist was unable to react to change in direction, and the Bruins were suddenly swarming the Rangers.
6-2 Bruins - PPG
Charlie McAvoy (7) - Zdeno Chara (9) & Charlie Coyle (21) - 17:12 3rd Period
Boston wouldn’t stop just there though, and added a sixth goal for good measure. This time it was Charlie McAvoy converting on a wrist shot from the high slot, and beat Lundqvist clean over the glove hand. It was a rough night overall for Lundqvist, who just couldn’t seem to catch a break.
Mika Zibanejad (30) - Vladsiavl Namestnikov (18) & Tony DeAngelo (25) - 19:56 3rd Period
The Rangers finally stopped the bleeding with under five seconds remaining in regulation, and it was Mika Zibanejad picking up his second of the evening. Zibanejad was able to convert on a loose puck in the high slot, and flipped the puck over Jaroslav Halak who was sprawled out in the crease.
Following tonight’s rough loss in Boston, the Rangers will have a scheduled off day tomorrow before returning to action on Friday night against the St. Louis Blues.