If you watched the playoff series last year between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins you noticed two things. One was that the Bruins were much more physical than the Rangers and the second thing was that the Bruins were a much deeper team. In Wednesday night’s matchup between the two original six teams, the depth of the Bruins once again proved to be too much for the Rangers.
The fourth line of the Bruins once again killed the Rangers en route to a 6-3 victory at Madison Square Garden. Gregory Campbell had two goals leading the way for the Bruins. His first goal was the dagger as it came shorthanded and put the Bruins up by two goals.
This game showed how much more work the Rangers have to do with their roster and also shows how much they miss Mats Zuccarello. The power play is clearly struggling because of his absence and the Rangers are missing a spark they usually would have with him in the lineup.
The Rangers are in a little funk right now after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks with a score of 2-1 in the first game back from the Olympic break. Henrik Lundqvist struggled mightily allowing more than three goals for the first time in 34 starts against the Bruins.
The main reason the Rangers lost this game is because of the Bruins’ depth. This has been the Rangers problem for the last couple of years. They must address this by the trade deadline or else they will be looking at another early exit in the playoffs.