The Boston Bruins pulled away from the New York Rangers on Sunday with a 3-1 third period, notching a 6-3 win overall. Henrik Lundqvist didn’t take it very well.
Rangers captain (and trade rumor magnet) Ryan Callahan pointed to opposing teams capitalizing on their “lapses.” He dismissed questions about those trade rumors and said that he was just going about his business.
“Obviously my heart is still here and I want to be here,” Callahan said. “We’ll just see what happens.”
In that regard, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault seems optimistic that Callahan will stick around. The Rangers don’t have another game until Wednesday’s trade deadline passes, so it remains to be seen if this is his last game playing for the Blueshirts.
A Sunday full of hockey on NBC and NBCSN wraps up with a tilt between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. You can watch the game on NBCSN and also via this handy link:
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The Rangers have lost ground to the Philadelphia Flyers lately. Philly beat them 4-2 on Saturday and managed a come-from-behind victory against the Washington Capitals today, catapulting them above the Rangers for the sixth spot in the East. That’s only a one-point lead, however, so the Rangers can regain their perch with at least a point (they have 33 wins to Philly’s 32).
The Bruins’ situation is roomier, as they sit atop the Atlantic Division with 79 points. Still, they’ve lost two games in a row since the post-Olympic break, so Boston wants to right the ship tonight.
The Boston Bruins have given their fanbase a lot to cheer about in recent years, but that success has come at a price.
In 2010-11, the season the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, balcony tickets at TD Garden ranged from $18 to $65 while loge seats would run you between $59 to $101. Those prices have risen sharply since, to the point where the cheapest balcony seat will cost you $45 in 2014-15 and it will range from $88 to $145 for loge, according to the Boston Globe.
In 2013-14, the balcony seats are at $32 to $91 and loge tickets range from $70 to $132.
Bruins president Cam Neely was upfront about the change, acknowledging that it is a “big increase,” but he also feels it’s a justified one.
“We feel like we’ve put a competitive team on the ice, we’ve won a Cup, we’ve gone to the Finals,” Neely told CBS Boston. “The cap is going up next year by close to $7 million, and we’re going to be able to spend to the cap.”
He went on to say that the increase is needed for the team to stay competitive.
Obviously, the fact that Bruins tickets are in demand plays a role in the price hike as well. The waiting list for Bruins’ season tickets is over 5,000. They also have a 100% attendance record so far this season, per ESPN.com.
Boston currently leads the Atlantic Division and is in a good spot to enjoy another lengthy playoff run.
The Boston Bruins looked a little rusty for a chunk of the first period against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, but Carl Soderberg appeared more-than-alert with this beauty of a pass to set up Chris Kelly’s fifth goal of the season:
The two teams entered the first intermission tied 1-1.
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The Atlantic Division’s top team takes on its cellar dweller on Wednesday, as the Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres. Coverage kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET, with a live stream link available below (it also airs on NBCSN):
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The Sabres beat the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday to resume NHL action. Ryan Miller was stellar in net in that win, so he receives dual rewards of a) subtly increasing his trade value and b) avoiding Milan Lucic & Co. tonight, as Jhonas Enroth is expected to play instead. Enroth might feel a bit jet-lagged from Sochi, yet he also may be a little rusty as he naturally didn’t see any Olympic time in net behind Henrik Lundqvist for Sweden.
Speaking of Olympic netminders, Tuukka Rask gets a breather in Boston’s first post-Sochi performance, as Chad Johnson has been named the starter tonight. The Bruins’ next game is Saturday, so they can give Rask a nice amount of rest (and have the luxury of doing so with their playoff spot relatively safe as of this moment).
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