Final: Rangers, 3-2. Bruins put on extra skater for Rask for final 40 seconds. Can’t knot it.
3:06 to go. Still Rangers, 3-2.
Another good Rask stop on Callahan with 5:43 to go keeps it a one-goal game.
Less than 10:00 to go here in third. Bruins still in need of a goal.
Good PK for Bruins. Rask with sharp pad save on 30-foot Girardi wrister.
6:25 — Chara off for slashing.
6:20 — Caron nearly cashes in a Wheeler feed at left post. Good block by Lundqvist.
Bruins kill off remaining 3:30 of Campbell’s penalty.
Through two periods, Zdeno Chara with a game-high seven shots. Chara and Michal Rozsival each with game-high four hits. Bruins have landed 27 of their 44 shots. Rangers with 19 hits on Rask, with 18 others either blocked or off net. David Krejci has won only 4 of 12 faceoffs. Bergeron has won 7 of 10.
Observation from high above ice level. Seguin skating even one gear higher than usual. Blazing wheels. Wonder if Julien might feed the freshman flash more ice time in third period with Bruins down a goal?
End of 40:00 — Rangers 3 Bruins 2. Bruins with 27-17 shot lead.
Gruesome finish to period when Campbell’s errant high stick behind Rask’s net catches Prust in face, possibly in right eye. Prust down on ice, writhing in pain, prior to being helped to room. Looked ugly. Campbell assessed 4-min high-sticking penalty.
13:46 — Boogaard sent off for boarding, 2 mins.
12:27 — Rangers 3, Bruins 2 — Horton walks into brilliant Krecji backhand dish out of right corner and nails in wrister from inner edge of right wing circle. Even-strength goal. Bruins now with 22-15 shot edge. Sublime play by Krejci and strong finish by the former Floridian.
Update from Boston dressing room: Boychuk injured, will not return.
Bruins fail to convert on power play. Now 1-for-5 on night. Boychuk not on Bruins bench. Most likely hindered by first-period slash to wrist.
7:04 — Prust sent off for hooking. Bruins on power play with 16-12 shot advantage.
2:57 — Campbell out of Boston dressing room and takes shift.
Rangers 3, Bruins 1, 0:48 Staal darts out of penalty box as Recchi muffs puck at Boston’s offensive blue line. Staal rushes in alone on Rask and finished with backhand lift at right post. Even strength goal..
No sign of Campbell on B’s bench. Lucic in penalty box to start period.
As we wait for second period to start: No word yet on conditions of Campbell or Lucic, both of whom exited to dressing room prior to period’s end. Bruins finished period with 11-10 shot edge. By far chippiest game of young season.
End 20 minutes: Rangers, 2-1.
19:55 — Bruins cut lead to 2-1 Chara, high in right wing circle, nails half-slapper to top left corner with Bruins working with 5-on-3 power play.
18:39 — Staal sent off for slashing Horton. Bruins with 5-on-3 power play for a potential 1:55.
18:34 — Rozsival sent off for holding Krejci.
15:17 — Lucic engages Prust in fight in Boston end. Looch doesn’t fare well in the fisticuffs, heads to dressing room instead of penalty box.
14:20 — Campbell to Boston’s dressing after getting hit on head by Girardi shot.
12:37 — Village strongmen Thornton and Boogaard square off it tug-o-war in Boston end. Thorny holds own against one of game’s most feared punchers, who is stymied by Thornton’s ”gotcha” hold.
Rangers 2, Bruins 0 — Only 27 seconds after Anisimov goal, Frolov pots two-goal lead. Puck pops up in crease, with Stuart failing to swat it out of danger before it pops over Rask’s glove. Rangers with nine shots, two goals, 12:01.
Rangers 1, Bruins 0 — Anisimov bats in puck from top off crease after shot by Dubinksy from left wing circle pops up close to crossbar. Power-play goal, 11:34.
11:20 — Seidenberg sent off for tripping Derek Stepan. First Blueshirt power play.
Near costly mistake for Rask, handing puck to Fedotenko near right post. Rask scurries back to post in time to thwart Fedotenko’s effort. Rangers with 5-4 shot lead. Bruins out of synch in Ranger end.
Boychuk back on B’s bench around the 8:00 mark. Still no score.
Bruins fail to cash in with extended PP time.
Dubinksy sent off for slashing Boychuk at 5:34. Gives Bruins 5-on-3 power play. Boychuk to dressing room with right forearm damaged from Dubinsky hack.
Minor fireworks at 4:20 after Mark Stuart decks Ruslan Fedotenko. Sean Avery responds in policeman’s role (rare for Avery) and gets jacked by two or three right hands from Stewie.
Avery also gets worst of penalites: 2 min instigating, 5 min fighting and 10 min misconduct. Stuart gets 5 min for fighting. Bruins go on power play.
Not much ice available to Bruins.
Rene Rancourt, ye old faithful, sang the anthem. Safe harbor after the atrocious Steven Tyler performance on opening night Thursday.
OPENING FACEOFF APPROACHES
Bruins are going with their regular 20 this eve. Scratches: Brian McGrattan, Danny Paille and Adam McQuaid.
Puck soon to drop here at the Vault, Bruins vs Rangers.
Looks like Tuukka Rask will get the call in net, his first service since getting dinged, 5-2, in the season opener against the Prague Coyotes. The Prague Bruins were listless for two periods in that one. Rask was OK in that game, but badly overplayed two or three shots.
Brad Marchand, hindered Thursday night when he took a shot off the leg, is moving around comfortably in the workout and should be good to go.
Jumbotron is flashing crowd shots around the building, causing a torrent of boos when anyone wearing a Blueshirt is flashed on the screen. File under: you get what you ask for.
Henrik ”King” Lundqvist between pipes for the Blueshirts.