The New York Rangers lost to the Boston Bruins 3-1. This was a devastating loss as the Carolina Hurricanes won their game against the New Jersey Devils. Here is an injury report and scoring summary of the game.
The Rangers lost Andrew Copp due to a lower-body injury and Filip Chytil to an upper-body injury. Both injuries occurred during the Rangers’ previous game against the New York Islanders on Thursday. Also, both are considered day-to-day and not anything serious.
The Bruins welcomed David Pastrnak, Hampus Lindholm and Linus Ullmark back. Pastrnak was out with a reoccurring upper-body injury. He has been out since April 4. Lindholm has been out since April 5 with a lower-body injury. Ullmark suffered from an injury this past Tuesday. Also, Jesper Froden is out indefinitely due to a lower body injury he suffered last Saturday.
The Bruins scored first with only 35 seconds left in the first period. Pastrnak (29) scored on a snap shot, a one-timer off a pass from Charlie McAvoy (45). This is Pastrnak’s 20th one-timer of the season, putting him in third for the league. This is also his sixth straight season with 20 one-timers. Brad Marchand (43) also assisted on the play.
At 1:07 in the second period, Taylor Hall (18) gave the Bruins a two-goal lead. Adam Fox went to pass it and it was blocked by Pastrnak (34). Erik Haula (26) scooped up the puck and made a great pass to Hall. A foot race took place between Hall and Ryan Lindgren. Hall won that battle and scored on a wrist shot.
Early in the third period, the Rangers cut the lead in half on a PPG by Mika Zibanejad (29). Alexis Lafreniere (12) entered the offensive zone and was hooked by Brandon Carlo as he tried to take the shot. Carlo slid into the crease and lost his stick in the process. As the Rangers got the puck back, Chris Kreider (24) made a nice pass to Zibanejad, scoring on an incredible snap shot. The penalty was given to Ullmark for delay-of-game. Craig Smith served the minor penalty.
Trent Frederic (7) gave the Bruins their two-goal lead back. There was an initial shot by Craig Smith (18) that was saved by Igor Shesterkin. Frederic got the rebound and scored on a tip-in. The puck just trickled under Shesterkin to make it a 3-1 game. Charlie Coyle (27) also assisted on the play.
The Rangers will be facing the Hurricanes on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET. These two teams are in a battle for first in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes won their game against the Devils Saturday afternoon, so they have a two-point lead over the Rangers right now.
The Hurricanes play against the New York Islanders Sunday afternoon, a game the Rangers will be watching.
There are only three games left for the Rangers and the Hurricanes. The last game of the NHL season is April 29.
Who will win the matchup between the Hurricanes and the Rangers? Will the Rangers be determined enough to win? Or will the Hurricanes take advantage of their current lead and use that to fuel them to another victory? Stay tuned at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night to see what happens.
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