We had the Boston Bruins against the New York Rangers playing on Black Friday in Boston, Massachusetts. It was indeed a Black Friday for the Rangers as they lost 3 - 2 in overtime handing them a record of 12 - 9 - 3. The Bruins are now at a 10 game point streak and with this win streak of 6 straight for a record of 18 - 3 - 5. It was a special afternoon at the TD Garden as the Bruins debuted their new black jersey sporting a big bold yellow B logo, a throwback for the two Stanley Cup titles won in 1939 and 1941.
The game started with both teams dragging their skates, one thinking did both teams eat too much turkey the day before? With under six minutes left in the first period, LW, Pavel Buchnevich scored his 5th goal beating a helpless and stickless Jaroslav Halak high to the glove side for a 1 - 0 lead.
Again, the Bruins started the 2nd period on a sluggish start, the Rangers scored once more at 6:21, center, Filip Chytil assisted by Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin due to a giveaway by Danton Heinen. It was an up and down game with both teams having chances but both goalies standing solid in their nets. The Bruins needed a boost of much needed energy into their lifeless offense when Sean Kuraly assisted by Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo scored with just under two minutes left in the period. There was puck luck involved in this crazy goal, it initially bounced off the left post and trickled in with the help of Lundqvist’s stick with the Bruins only down by one.
The momentum fully shifted in favor of Boston in the 3rd period, the full blown attack mode led David Pastrnak to score his 24th goal of the season assisted by David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Halfway through the period, Charlie Coyle won the faceoff in the offensive zone and then a series of shots by Brad Marchand, Charlie Coyle, Danton Heinen and David Krejci all rejected by King Henrik. Straight into overtime but at the 1:40 mark, the Bruins prevailed with Krejci scoring at a wide open net assisted by David Pastrnak and Jaroslav Halak. Perhaps if the Rangers did not finish 0 for 6 on the powerplay, they could have come up with a “W” instead of the B’s.