You learn to love the Rangers again.
Admit it. When Daniel Paille, Nathan Horton, and Chris Kelly scored straight to give the Bruins a cozy three goal lead, you thought it was over. Maybe not the season, but the game at least looked far out of reach. The B’s had 19 shots on goal in the first period alone.
Veteran Vinny Prospal who battled his way back into the lineup this winter following knee surgery with a smile and a fire in his heart to win lit the spark. Prospal scored twice in the second period to make the game a little more interesting for the restless crowd at MSG. Wojtek Wolski actually used those crafty hands in regulation time notching two assists.
At 3-2 though with a Vezina-esque Tim Thomas in net at the other end, it still wasn’t looking good. The Versus television crew seemed to enjoy chewing on the statistic that the Rangers hadn’t ever overcome a three goal deficit to the Bruins. These Blueshirts aren’t your everyday Rangers though. They don’t get bogged down with what history has pre-determined is “supposed” to happen. They weren’t supposed to beat the Conference leading Flyers and Bruins.
This year’s team is like a bop bag toy from your toddler years. You knock em down, they bounce right back up. Maybe not always as swiftly as you’d like or expect. Some games you can swing and they’ll fall flat, out of air. Once revved back up, they’ll rebound into top form, ready to play.
They are not the most skilled team but they’re able to compensate for that with hard work. It’s the little things – like Brandon Dubinsky cleaning up a rebound, Marian Gaborik setting up Michael Sauer who slid in the right place at the right time for the puck to trickle past Thomas.
While the stunning third period comeback and five unanswered goal outburst were impressive, the stress could have been avoided with a better execution on the powerplay. As it has all season, it has been a sore spot for the Blueshirts who went 0 for 4 tonight. In the second period when they were trailing, they failed to convert on two opportunities.
The Bruins thought they had this game locked up early, but the Rangers weren’t going down without a fight. Their ability to amp up the intensity against the more skilled gives them a nice spoiler card they can use to expose vulnerabilities in the top ranked teams come playoff time.
The win moves them into a tie with the Montreal Canadiens at 91 points for sixth place. The Hurricanes are now four points behind in ninth place but have three games remaining.
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)