B’s open five-game homestand with a concerning lack of urgency (again): After only landing three shots on goal in the first period of Wednesday’s win over the Senators, Boston opened Friday’s matinee against the Rangers with a much better start — landing five shots against Henrik Lundqvist through the first 3:26 of play.
A great start for Boston against the Blueshirts, but stop me if you’ve heard this before — Boston was plagued by another extended stretch in which the club took its foot off the gas pedal. Sure, Boston tested Lundqvist in the early going, but those chances quickly dried up as the game progressed.
Trailing, 1-0, entering the first intermission, the Bruins only managed to generate eight SOG against New York through the first 27 minutes of regulation. After Filip Chytil made it a 2-0 game just minutes later, it looked as though another lackluster effort was going to hand Boston its first regulation loss in its own building this season.
Special-teams play saved the day: Of course, if you’ve been following the 2019-20 Bruins at all this season, you know that