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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2 Us, 2 Ks = Stealing 2 Points at Madison Square Garden

There are very few if any other goaltenders in the NHL that would have won tonight for the Bruins. The Rangers peppered Tuukka Rask (12-5-1) with 44 shots but only one beat him as Boston squeaked out a 2-1 road win at Madison Square Garden. There were a couple reasons why these two points were extra sweet for the Bruins (14-6-1): Dennis Seidenberg played one shift before leaving for the night with a lower body injury and the B's had played the night before in Carolina so they had to be pooped.

The Bruins only managed 22 shots on goal but they made them count. Shawn Thornton broke the scoreless deadlock at 4:58 with a slap shot over Henrik Lundqvist's (20 saves) shoulder. Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly assisted on Thornton's third goal of the season. The Fribble Crew ruled the ice as Daniel Paille made it 2-0 at 11:30. Gregory Campbell assisted on his shorthanded breakaway that ended with a backhander in the net.

1:01 later, Derick Brassard scored a power play goal for New York. It was a good shot but Rask might have been screened on the play. It felt like Boston was barely hanging on for most of the game but finally in the third period, it started to be a little more even.

The Bruins earned a day off tomorrow then they return to TD Garden on Thursday (7, NESN) to face their Western Conference dopplegangers-the St. Louis Blues (14-3-3). It should be a great game, especially since these teams so rarely play each other.

UPDATE 11/20: Defenseman Kevan Miller was called up from Providence which makes you think he could play vs. St. Louis.

UPDATE 11/21: Seidenberg is out tonight so Miller will make his NHL debut. Adam McQuaid will miss his sixth game in a row but it sounds like he could return on Saturday vs. Carolina.

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