A quick move from Long Island to Manhattan did little to solve the Bruins’ issues, as Bruce Cassidy’s squad suffered its second blowout beatdown in as many days, this time courtesy of the Rangers by a 6-2 final at Madison Square Garden.
Much like Thursday on Long Island, the Bruins started out on a relatively competitive level, down by one through 20 minutes, and within one goal 18:52 mark of the second period.
That’s when Colin Blackwell made it 3-1 on his fourth goal of the season, and Chris Kreider bodied Urho Vaakanainen off the puck (and then off a foot on its way to the back of Tuukka Rask’s net) to make it 4-1 in favor of the Blueshirts just 12 seconds after that.
In the blink of an eye, and again, much like they did in Uniondale, the Bruins went from being in this game to completely chasing it in the worst possible way.
It didn’t get any better for the Bruins, either, as the Rangers tacked on another two goals early in the third period, with a Pavel Buchnevich strike at 1:45 and Jonny Brodzinski tally just 1:58 later.
It all played out to what was a 28-of-34 loss for Rask, and with all but seven of Boston’s 18 skaters finishing with a minus next to their name in this contest.
“A little disappointed we weren’t stiffer coming out of the break,” Cassidy admitted. “We shouldn’t be tired. Easy goals. Just too easy, and guys not recognizing you gotta play the right way.”
“We’re just getting out-muscled down low,” Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo offered. “We need to get better about taking pucks, being on the defensive side of things, and moving the puck up.”
The Bruins’ tallies in this one came from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, and both came with a noteworthy milestone for Boston’s most effective one-two of the 21st century.
Bergeron’s goal moved No. 37 into sole possession of the No. 5 spot on the franchise’s all-time scoring list, with 889 points. (Bergeron entered this game in a tie with Bobby Orr, at 888 points.)
Marchand’s goal, meanwhile, was the 300th of his NHL career, which made him the seventh skater in franchise history to score at least 300 goals in a Boston sweater.
The Bruins will return to MSG ice for a Sunday matinee rematch with the Rangers.