Last night, the Bruins squared off against the Rangers for the 2nd time this young season. Unfortunately, the Bruins lost (or fortunately, the Rangers won, depending on how you look at it) in OT.
This game had it all. A hat trick. Saves. Blocked shots. A geek fight. And a boy named Dougie.
Thing #1 – A hat trick for Marion Gaborik
Gaborik was salty last night and gathered up his first hat trick of the season. He’s partnered with Rick Nash and Brad Richards on the Rangers’ first line. With that combination I’m thinking that there are going to plenty more of these to come.
Especially impressive was the hand/eye coordination on his OT winner.
Not impressive was my failure to put him in my fantasy hockey line up last night.
Thing #2 – Tuukka Time
Two Us. Two Ks. All saves. Tuukka Rask played an exceptional game last night, thwarting a number of Rangers’ chances that looked like sure things.
But especially this one…
Thing #3 – Block It Like It’s Hot
The New York Rangers blocked 5,157 shots. Okay so maybe wasn’t nearly that many, but this aspect of the game is something the Rangers defensemen (and the forwards, to some extent) have on LOCK. They are not afraid to sacrifice their bodies to prevent pucks from getting to Lundqvist.
It is frustrating as an opponent, exciting as a fan, and surprisingly kinda sexy.
Thing #4 – Darth Quaider vs. Inigo Montoya
We like Brian Boyle. He seems like an affable, goofy guy and we appreciate that. But damn is he annoying. He’s like Brad Marchand…if you exposed Marchand to intrastellar radiation resulting in a genetic mutation, comic book-style. Boyle is not shy about getting right up in there, getting under your skin, and taking some shots to frustrate you.
Be careful, Inigo. The force is strong with this one.
And Thing #5 – Welcome to the NHL, Dougie Hamilton!
Everyone, all together now! DOUGIE, TEACH ME HOW TO DOUGIE!
You’re all still dancing right now, aren’t you?
All set? Got it out of your system? Okay, let’s move on.
Dougie is our newest member of the HFC – the Hockey Fetus Club. He is only 19, which is just “inconceivable” and in three games this season has proven himself to be a poised, controlled presence on the Bruins’ back line. As our friend Pez from Days of Y’Orr said “Dougie is wearing big boy pants now”. And they fit him quite nicely.
Hamilton moves the puck well and has apparently impressed Coach Claude enough to earn some time on the PP and PK units. Best part of the night – his first NHL point. DH27 had an assist on Brad Marchand’s power play goal. The potential with this kid is scary good. I predict an influx of Hamilton 27 jerseys in the TD Garden stands very soon.
It is not entirely out of the realm of possibility that these two teams could meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. This game had an incredible playoff-like intensity from start to unfortunate finish. It was on like Donkey Kong from the moment they dropped the puck. Rangers dominated in the 1st and then the ice tilted to favor the Bruins in the 2nd. The pace of the 3rd evened out as both teams looked to control the play and secure the win.
Although the Bruins lost in OT, they did get a point, bringing them to 5 and first in the Eastern Conference standings. The teams will face off again on February 12th in their final meeting of the 2013 season.