Bruins Steal the Show at MSG

Tim Thomas had much to talk about following Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Rangers. But probably the most interesting comment he made was about Tyler Seguin.

“I was trying to tell Tyler after the first period…come on…this is MSG,” Thomas said.

To which Seguin responded, “What’s MSG?”

“I was like, it’s an historic arena,” Thomas said laughing. “This is what you kids dream about playing in…maybe not for the Rangers, but playing in the building.

“Then he went out and scored, and I was proud of him. Actually, he’ll probably remember it now. Maybe the next time he plays here, it will mean something more to him.”

The Bruins not only captured a goal from their youngest player on the squad (Seguin), but they also got the game winner from the oldest member of the squad, Mark Recchi. The 42-year old scored Boston’s third goal at 1:10 into the third period.

The Rangers were able to get a couple in from Brandon Dubinsky (7:10 in first) and Marian Gaborik (5:26 in third) But that effort was not enough.

Generally, the Bruins dominate when they start off the scoring. Instead they had to battle back a little harder after the Rangers started off the scoring with a goal from Dubinsky during a special Heritage Night at Madison Square Garden. Milan Lucic followed with Boston’s first goal at 11:06 in the second period thanks to a turnover by Dan Girardi in the defensive zone. Nathan Horton was able to get the turnover and send it on over to Lucic. Capitalizing on the Rangers’ mistakes worked in Boston’s favor throughout the night.

Another Rangers mishap gave Seguin a breakaway opportunity as he scored his first MSG goal at 16:35 in the second period. Recchi finished up the scoring for the Bruins at 1:10 in the final period.

Yet, the interesting deciding factor in the contest was not Recchi’s goal.  The determinant of who would win the game was based on which team would win the 5-on-3 battle late in the third. With both Boston defensemen Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara both in the penalty box, the Rangers were given a two-man advantage.

The Bruins knew that if the Rangers were to score on this power play, the Blueshirts would end up winning the game, even if it was forced into overtime. But the Bruins penalty kill ended up proving to be more effective than the Rangers power play, and that was what determined the winner.

“We’re a much better team when we get the first goal,” Lucic said of the game. “We didn’t lose composure. We stayed confident. I think that’s ultimately what got us through this game. We were able to stay confident even when we were down 5-on-3 late in the game. Being able to do that was a huge thing for us.”

Notes

The Rangers unveiled their third jersey last Friday in Rockefeller Center with the new Christmas Tree in the backdrop. The team wore the special jerseys out on the ice for the first time in Wednesday night’s contest. In the special Heritage Night event, many Rangers alumni were in attendance for the event, including a few alumni whose numbers hangs in the rafters.

Even though the Bruins won on the Rangers special night, at least one young rookie walked away with a special ‘MSG’ goal. Maybe now that he knows what MSG means… he’ll appreciate just how important the building has been historically in sports.

They don’t call it the Garden of Dreams for nothing.

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