NEW YORK — The Bruins were once up by three goals tonight at Madison Square Garden. At night’s end, they were staring at a 5-3 loss. The Rangers, nearly blown out in the first, scored two in the second and three more in the third to earn the win.
Brandon Dubinsky and Michael Sauer scored in the third, while Derek Stepan added an empty-netter.
“When we took that 3-0 lead, all of a sudden guys went back and started to get cute again,” said coach Claude Julien. “Not doing the simple things. That’s what usually happens. At this stage of the season, you hope it’s a real good lesson that we learned tonight. If you don’t want to respect the game plan for 60 minutes, those things are going to happen.”
In the second period, down 3-0, the Rangers kicked off a rally. The comeback started after Marc Staal, hugging the left-side wall, jumped to pick off an Adam McQuaid clearing attempt. Once Staal dropped the puck to his stick, he sent a slick backhand dish to Vinny Prospal. Prospal sent a one-touch pass to Wojtek Wolski, who hammered a slap shot on goal. Tim Thomas got most of Wolski’s shot, but the puck dribbled through the netminder’s pads. Prospal crashed the crease and jammed in the rebound at 11:34.
Prospal scored his second goal of the period to make it a 3-2 game. First, Derek Stepan beat Andrew Ference to a puck in the corner. Stepan got the puck to Wolski, who went behind the Boston net. Instead of holding his net-front position, McQuaid chased Wolski behind the net. With a step on McQuaid, Wolski passed the puck out front to Prospal. With nobody home in front, Prospal beat a helpless Thomas at 18:26.
In the first, the Bruins nearly skated the Rangers out of Madison Square Garden. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead at 15:16. Michael Ryder faked a slap shot, then passed to Johnny Boychuk at the right point. As Boychuk closed in, Daniel Paille gained position in front of the net. Boychuk connected with Paille, and the left wing beat Henrik Lundqvist for the game’s opening goal.
Later in the first, some strong cycling by the first line led to the Bruins’ second goal. Milan Lucic won a puck battle deep in the zone, then found David Krejci in front. Lundqvist got in front of Krejci’s shot. But Nathan Horton popped in the rebound at 16:53.
After 20 minutes, the Bruins had a 19-5 shot advantage. Chris Kelly gave the Bruins a three-goal lead at 10:32 of the second. On a two-on-one rush, Kelly snapped a wrister through Lundqvist.
17:03 3d period: Rangers 4-3
Michael Sauer with a dribbler through Tim Thomas. Bad one to give up for Thomas.
16:12 3d period: 3-3
Brandon Dubinsky ties it up. Tomas Kaberle bails on his net-front position. Very skittish net-front play by the D-men.
13:53 3d period: Bruins 3-2
Daniel Paille around the net again. Mixing it up with Brian Boyle after the whistle.
10:30 3d period: Bruins 3-2
Sharp glove save by Tim Thomas on Sean Avery. This might be Daniel Paille’s best game of the year.
0:53 3d period: Bruins 3-2
Rotten shift for Dennis Seidenberg. Blows a tire and gives Ruslan Fedotenko a scoring chance. Then takes a tripping penalty.
20:00 2d period: Bruins 3-2
Rough second period for Adam McQuaid. On the ice for both Vinny Prospal goals.
18:26 2d period: Bruins 3-2
Vinny Prospal strikes again. Adam McQuaid leaves his net-front position to play Wojtek Wolski behind the net. Not much help for Tim Thomas.
12:28 2d period: Bruins 3-1
Untimely slashing penalty by David Krejci. Rangers right back in it with a PPG.
11:34 2d period: Bruins 3-1
Vinny Prospal tucks in the rebound of a Wojtek Wolski slapper. Great play by Marc Staal to jump and pick off an Adam McQuaid clearing attempt.
10:32 2d period: Bruins 3-0
Chris Kelly, on a two-on-one, beats Henrik Lundqvist with a wrister. Lundqvist usually stops those shots. Tomas Kaberle starts the breakout.
10:16 2d period: Bruins 2-0
Bruins very thorough in their own end. Tim Thomas getting good looks at pucks.
5:40 2d period: Bruins 2-0
Textbook PK by Daniel Paille. Gets his stick in a passing lane, which leads to a turnover. Burns 20 seconds off the NYR PP.
5:02 2d period: Bruins 2-0
Hooking on David Krejci.
20:00 1st period: Bruins 2-0
A perfect road first period for the Bruins. Boston holding a 19-5 shot advantage.
17:25 1st period: Bruins 2-0
Bruins with a 16-5 shot advantage. Rangers with two decent down-low looks on Tim Thomas, but went wide both times.
16:53 1st period: Bruins 2-0
Nathan Horton pops in a David Krejci rebound. Milan Lucic wins a puck battle in the right corner to set up Krejci. Henrik Lundqvist stops Krejci, but Horton jams in the puck.
15:16 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Daniel Paille tips a Johnny Boychuk pass past Henrik Lundqvist. Monster shift by Paille. Had gotten a close-range shot on goal earlier during the shift. Nice fake shot and pass by Michael Ryder to set up Boychuk.
10:15 1st period: 0-0
Patrice Bergeron called for tripping. First PP for the Rangers.
6:30 1st period: 0-0
Dan Girardi in pain after Zdeno Chara thumps with a shot. Gutsy play by Girardi to get in front of the shot.
5:55 1st period: 0-0
Marc Staal off for slashing David Krejci. First PP.
5:28 1st period: 0-0
According to the Bruins, Milan Lucic required stitches to close a cut above his right eye. A puck deflected off a post and struck Lucic during warmups.
3:15 1st period: 0-0
Ryan Callahan belts David Krejci. Callahan loves to finish his checks.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Milan Lucic is in. Shane Hnidy and Steven Kampfer are the healthy scratches.