Game #76: Big Bad Bruins humiliate Andersson and Rangers

David Pastrnak torched Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers for a hat trick and five points in a 6-3 humiliation at Boston. AP Photo via Getty Images

I don’t often start off recaps like this. But I’m pretty ticked off at how that game ended. By that, I mean the way the big bad Bruins had to avenge Patrice Bergeron for a questionable hit by Lias Andersson that from my vantage point, didn’t look intentional.

Of course, after the awful refs handed them a gift 5-on-3 on a phantom high stick they made up on Brendan Smith, the Bruins turned a close game into a 6-2 laugher. They scored on both ends with David Pastrnak completing his fourth career hat trick and then setting up a Bergeron tip in that poor Henrik Lundqvist had no chance on.

The final wound up being 6-3 due to Mika Zibanejad scoring number 30 with four seconds left from Vladislav Namestnikov. His 30th goal was also his 70th point, making him the first Ranger to reach 70 points since Marian Gaborik did it in ’11-12 with 76. Zibanejad had two goals to get there in defeat.

My biggest issue was how ridiculous the Bruins acted. But you just knew they would seek retribution even if the odd Andersson hit where he wound up with his back turned to catch Bergeron upstairs, wasn’t intentional. Bergeron jumped on top of him and let go of a few punches. Somehow, Boston got a power play out of that BECAUSE of bleeping course they did! God forbid the league officials have a brain. Not when it comes to the Rangers. The most penalized team in the league. Some of it self inflicted with two more mind boggling bench minors turning David Quinn into Wily E. Coyote on the bench.

If you think sending out an overpaid experienced veteran like David Backes is justified to go after our 20-year old rookie, you’re either delusional or a drunken idiot from Boston. BTW the “Yankees Suck,” chants make you look self absorbed. God. I hope a bird craps all over the field when they have their World Series ceremony. They’re such a joke. Either that or sleet. It’s the idiot fans who I can’t stand. I respect the Red Sox except their trashy manager. I guess I’m ready for Opening Day.

I’m ticked off at the garbage the Bruins pulled. It’s not like Backes has the guts to face Brendan Lemieux, who actually had some interesting words for Zdeno Chara late in the second period when the chaos began.

At the end of the day, it’s a 6-3 loss for the Rangers. One I’m sure Andersson won’t soon forget. He plays the game hard. There’s an edge to the 2017 first round pick that’s already been written off by the pundits. Some, you can really tell a lot about someone’s character by how quick they are to judge a first-year player at the beginning of their career. These are the same clowns who never went through 1997-2004. Poor judgment and impatience are showing.

It’s too bad the team was so undisciplined because Lundqvist played great the first two periods. He looked as sharp as he’s been since the All-Star break. It was a shooting gallery highlighted by six Bruins power plays. They went a ridiculous 4-for-6. That should tell you everything.

It’s sad that Lundqvist only wound up with 26 saves on 32 shots. Most were created off the man-advantage. When they weren’t, he made point blank stops like this one to rob Chris Wagner during a wild sequence in the first.

Truthfully, he had no chance on five of the six they scored. They were great set ups. That included Pastrnak’s hat trick goal that was a one-timer he saw. But it was struck with such velocity that Lundqvist had the puck take a weird hop and go through him.

It’s a shame Zibanejad had his two goals to reach 30 and make 70 points feel so out of place. That’s what happens when you lose.

That is number 29 which I described in the earlier post on the wonderful conception of a power play goal from Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich.

This is number 30 which also came on the power play due to the Boston idiocy on Andersson. Tony DeAngelo’s point shot rebounds off Jaro Halak and Namestnikov digs it out to set up Zibanejad for his first career 30 goal season.

At the end, it’s just book keeping. I’m sure Zibanejad wished it came in a win. He’s your next captain. Number 93 has been exemplary for this younger team. He continues to put in the work and it’s nice to see him get rewarded. He’s done it without Chris Kreider, who missed another game. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s shut down. There are five games left.

There’s nothing else to say about that game. I have two particular words in mind. But I can’t do it. You can figure it out. 😉


3rd 🌟 Ryan Strome, Rangers (goal, number 15 as a NYR, primary assist)

2nd 🌟 Mika Zibanejad, Rangers (2 goals for 30 and hits 70 points)

1st 🌟 David Pastrnak, Bruins (4th career hat trick, 2 assists, dominant)

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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