On a night when the cheers of their fans echoed throughout Madison Square Garden for the first time this season, when each punch was echoed by a round of applause and each save received a standing ovation, the Rangers put on a worthy show. of the 356. -Day of waiting.
With the passionate reactions behind the glass and the traditional “Potvin sucks!” boos from Up in the Blue Seats (see what I did there?), the Bruins were given a stark reminder of what home ice advantage feels like when the Rangers edged them out in a dominant 6-2 win on Friday night in front of 1,800 fans. .
When the Garden came to life, so did the Rangers.
“It sounded like 20,000 [fans]not 2,000, ”Adam Fox said after the victory, which improved the Rangers to 7-8-3.
The game was opened wide when the Rangers scored three goals in the second period. His highest-scoring performance of the season marked the Rangers’ first win over Boston in three attempts this season.
Irrefutable spirit, toughness and tenacity flow from the Rangers game. And with every “Let’s Go Rangers!” chant that boomed, the Blueshirts will to win grew stronger and stronger. It hasn’t been the start to the season that the team and fans wanted or expected, but the Rangers welcomed their loyal fans by pulling Boston out of the Garden.
“I’m standing there during the national anthem, it gave me goose bumps and some energy that I haven’t had in a long time,” said Ryan Strome, whose second goal of the season, early in the second period, made it a Game 2-0. “It’s been kind of a challenging time in the world for everyone, and I think the fact that 2,000 people went out at night and that we did a good performance was a good thing for New York.”
The Bruins stayed competitive after Strome’s account when their captain, Patrice Bergeron, put them on the board 2 ¹ / ₂ minutes later. But Boston’s Brad Marchand, who got his own warm welcome at the Garden, was called up to hit high and Colin Blackwell redirected Fox’s power play shot to make it 3-1 at 6:52 p.m. for the fourth straight game. of the Rangers. I play with a male advantage count.
A no-looking Chris Kreider doll with less than a minute left to play in the second wrapped a bow in one of the most dominating periods of the Rangers season.
Pavel Buchnevich and Jonny Brodzinski, skating in their second game as Ranger since their call-up from the taxi squad on Wednesday, each scored a goal in the third to seal the deal.
“[The Bruins] get that [in the second] to make it 2-1, I thought they would come, “said head coach David Quinn. “We had some lucky shots on the penalty spot, we got the big power play goal, and Kreids did it right away. … I really really liked our game tonight. “
Julien Gauthier recorded his second NHL goal with a strong wrist shot from the left circle to make it 1-0 and ignite the Rangers’ first goal song since March 7, 2020, at 1:03 p.m. first period.
“You knew there were going to be fans in the building, but I don’t think any of us expected the impact they would have,” Quinn said. “They were incredibly loud and passionate. You hear how many people might be here and they think ‘That will be good but it won’t have as much impact. They had an impact tonight. … We certainly look forward to the day when we can have this place full as it normally is ”.
The Rangers seemed to feed on the noise and approval as they increased physicality in the first 20 minutes, beating the Bruins 17-8.
Fans had missed the action and the Rangers apparently wanted to make up for lost time.