It’s nice to see the Rangers’ Brandon Prust try to hold his own against the taller and heavier Milan Lucic, but as you’ll see below, bravery can only get you so far.
Lucic pretty much controlled the fight, moving Prust into the Bruins’ bench before it was broken up. The scrap occurred just two seconds after Boston’s Benoit Pouliot scored at 7:57 of the first period to cut the Rangers’ lead down to 2-1. Boston did end up scoring the next goal, but it was not until 1:40 of the second period, and New York still ended up winning 4-3.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
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“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day