Posted on 21 January, 2012

NYR vs. Bos: Rivalry Renewed

BOSTON, MA — For the Bruins the meaning of Saturday’s contest against the New York Rangers is clear.

"It’s just going to be a battle for first palce," said defenseman Johnny Boychuk on Friday afternoon. "Obviously, both teams are doing well and we want to gauge ourselves.

"Both teams are going to want to see where they’re at. We haven’t played them all year, we’re the two [of the] top teams in the league and it will be a good test for us a good test for them.

Marchand Stays on Stride – When the Bruins take the ice against the New York Rangers, they’re expecting a fast, physical, high-skill battle against the top team in the Eastern Conference.

The Black & Gold will have some added energy in Brad Marchand, who returned to the lineup Thursday against the New Jersey Devils after serving a five-game suspension, and he expects the best from the Blueshirts.

 “Yeah, they’re playing well and they’re playing good hockey,” Marchand said. “So we have to make sure we’re prepared and ready to match their work ethic.

Game Preview: NYR vs. BOS

Season series: This is the first of four meetings between the Eastern Conference titans.

Big Story: It’s taken nearly four months, but arguably the two best teams in the NHL get to square off. The Rangers and Bruins are mirror images, with both teams playing a tough, defensive style that’s anchored by top-notch goaltenders. Both teams can roll four lines and have six capable defensemen. The edge could rest in Boston’s offense, which ranks No. 1 in the NHL; the Rangers rank 11th.

Bruins: After tearing through November and December, looking like a team that could only be beaten by a goalie that played out of his mind, the Bruins have leveled off a bit. They are 4-3-0 in their last seven, but they made a big statement Thursday night in New Jersey.

Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard speaks to the press prior to the B’s matchup with the New York Rangers on Saturday. Stories, video coming soon (photo: Steve Babineau).^BISH

Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard speaks to the press prior to the B’s matchup with the New York Rangers on Saturday. Stories, video coming soon (photo: Steve Babineau).^BISH

Patrice Bergeron spoke to the press before the team’s Saturday matinee game against the New York Rangers in the TD Garden.

BBTV had a chance to catch up with Marc Savard during his trip to the Garden to visit the suite he donated to Children’s Hospital patients.

Live Blog: NYR vs. BOS

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Kampfer Recalled from Providence

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Kampfer is expected to join the Bruins on their upcoming trip to Philadelphia and Washington.

Kampfer has skated in seven games for Boston during the 2011-12 season with one assist and four penalty minutes. With Providence this season, he has appeared in five games with one assist and two penalty minutes.

Kampfer was originally drafted by Anaheim in the fifth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Boston for a 2010 4th round pick before playing any games with Anaheim. In the 2010-2011 season, his first full year in the pros, Kampfer recorded three goals and 13 assists in 22 games with the P-Bruins and received his first NHL call-up on December 8th. Through 38 games with Boston that season, the blueliner had five goals and five assists.

Savard Back in Boston

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard has played for five different teams in the NHL, but it’s the TD Garden that he calls his home away from home.

Before his team’s game against the New York Rangers, No. 91 returned to address the media for the first time since Feb. 2, 2011.

Since Thursday, January 12 and continuing through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season, Savard will host a luxury suite at the TD Garden for patients from Children’s Hospital Boston that are suffering from the effects of head trauma.

Rangers 3, Bruins 2, OT

BOSTON (AP) - The New York Rangers finally broke their power-play drought with just 3.6 seconds and beat Boston 3-2 on Saturday in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

"We don’t care about first place, the division, the conference," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "We are just trying to play the right way."

The Rangers hadn’t scored a power-play goal in seven games - a total of 15 opportunities after going 0 for 2 in regulation on Saturday - and had just one since Christmas. But they earned one during a 4-on-3 advantage after Andrew Ference checked Ryan McDonagh into the boards with 3:10 left in overtime.

B's Battled Rangers to the Wire

BOSTON, MA – A quick glance at the score sheet will tell that the Bruins fell to the New York Rangers in heartbreaking fashion.

With four seconds left in overtime, forward Marian Gaborik put in a rebound as the Bruins fell 3-2 to the Rangers.

However, Head coach Claude Julien refused to be disappointed in his team’s effort.

An Unfortunate Ending

BOSTON, MA — Instead of fielding questions about his second period goal, after the B’s 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference had to answer questions about his overtime hit on Ryan McDonagh.

"Well, I’m obviously going as fast as I can to try and get to the puck," began Ference. "I realized I wasn’t going to get there first, he boxed me out, I tried to lean back, but I was going too fast.

"It was a dangerous position, so I tried to let up and didn’t let up fast enough."

Tuukka Rask spoke to the press following the team’s 3-2 loss in overtime against the Rangers in the Garden.

Shawn Thornton spoke to the press following the team’s 3-2 loss in overtime against the Rangers in the Garden.