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Report: Bruins to open season against Rangers

Jan 9, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist, Brad Marchand AP

Rick Nash and the New York Rangers get to start their season on the road.

The Boston Globe reports the Boston Bruins will play host to the Rangers on January 19 and it won’t be lacking for storylines.

For Boston, it’s Tuukka Time all the time as Tuukka Rask takes over for Tim Thomas as the team’s starting goalie. There’s also the return of Nathan Horton from a concussion last season and Switzerland’s big scorer Tyler Seguin gets a chance to improve on his big season last year.

The Rangers, meanwhile, look to bounce back after their disappointing finish in the Eastern Conference finals with Henrik Lundqvist back in goal. Marian Gaborik is joined by Nash as well as playoff sensation Chris Kreider. That’s not a bad way to start the season.


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  1. jaredo10 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    As a Rangers fan. Rather open up vs The Devils and get some pay back but ill take an easy 1st win

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Easy win? That’s a pretty rediculous statement haha. As both are top 3 teams in the east, if not league. Niether team will be an “easy win” for anyone. In fact I strongly believe the bruins will stomp the rangers on opening night.

      • stakex - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        I wouldn’t every say the Rangers would have an “easy” time against the Bruins, since Boston doesn’t have a bad team at all.

        To be fair though, to think Boston will “stomp” the best all around team in the East is quite laughable as well. Its far more likely the Rangers win a low scoreing game.

      • rogersjd16 - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Statex that’s a pretty bold statement for a 48 game, no one knows who’s in game shape (more Bruins will be), shortened season. Guessing the Bruins, Penguins, Flyers and even Capitals and Devils will have something to say about “best all around team”. “Not a bad team at all” is probably selling the B’s a bit short as well.

        Regardless, it’ll be an INSANELY awesome scene and crowd on that Saturday night on Causeway St. So amped!

    • govtminion - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:21 PM


      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Troll? how is that a troll statement?

      • govtminion - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Sorry, I meant him, not you!

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        oh that’s okay. I was like uhh..I realize the rangers are a great team, but I believe the bruins will catch them rusty on the first game of the season. 11 of their players were playing overseas, including their goalie. Lundquist wasn’t playing anywhere.

      • govtminion - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        To be honest, it wouldn’t surprise me to see these two teams in the Eastern Conference Finals this year. With all due to the Flyers and Penguins, these two are among the best in the league right now. (I admit though, as a B’s fan, I’m a bit worried about Rask’s continued groin issues…)

      • habsman - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        You two guys need to get a room.

        And what are you worried about? Cam said the Bruins would start with a bang!

        We shall see……

    • homelanddefense - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      nice trolling bro…..

      There are no “easy” wins against the Bruins. At the very least they are going to take a toll on you physically. Im hoping for a close, hard fought game between two classic hard nosed eastern conference teams

  2. zetaone - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Do we need a new article for every team’s opening game?

    • supercoop8 - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Isn’t better than lockout articles or the crosby recovery updates of last year??? If it so arduous to read multiple articles pertaining to opening day games then skip over them and stop whining.

  3. bruinsfan19 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Hopefully boston can open on a win

  4. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Big Z vs King Henrik? How about King Henrik vs TUUKKA TIME! You do realize how good Tuukka is and that he has a better SV % and GAA than King Henrik?

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      why the thumbs down? must be rangers fans, because it’s the truth.

    • itsallniceonice - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. It’s called sample size. Let’s see if Tuukka can carry the load for one season before anointing him. Hopefully his glove side has improved.

    • nyrnashty - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Rask played 23 games last year Lundqvist played 62 please don’t compare any of their stats. Comments like this is the reason I’m rarely in the comments section on the internet! Face plant yourself into anything next to you!

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:07 AM

        Umm that’s not just last year. Thats career stats and tuukka has played a good amount of games. Face plant really? you’re really going complain about the comment section on the Internet while making a statement like that?!? insulting people is what’s wrong with the comment sections. if you can’t debate about sports like an adult I suggest you go elsewhere. maybe nickelodeon has a forum for you 😉

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        and he would have played more last year but he was injured…

    • schlitzy - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Games played per season for Rask:
      07-08 4gp
      08-09 1gp
      09-10 45gp
      10-11 29gp
      11-12 23gp

      Total: 102

      05-06 53gp
      06-07 70gp
      07-08 72gp
      08-09 70gp
      09-10 73gp
      10-11 68gp
      11-12 62gp

      Total: 468

      Rask has played in less than a quarter of the number of games as Lundqvist.
      Kinda ridiculous to compare career stats or even single season stats.

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:59 AM

        No it’s not. And you didn’t have to break it down. I know how many games they have both played. Tukka is 5 years younger then henrik..and the bruins had two stud goalies so it’s a little hard to have 400 games. If he had less then 20 ganes then sure. But hes had over 100 nhl games! With more regular starts his stats will only improve. He will be sharper and get in a good rhythm. And let’s not forget how well he played in europe.

      • mjdkid100 - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        If its about sample size, Id say 1 1/4 seasons is a decent sample…that is all.

  5. nyr68 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM


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  7. rich859 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Finally an opening day game worth watching.

  8. mrpigs - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    I can’t wait to see what my Ranger lines look like! Adding a capable offense this season could make for something magical

  9. hy3rid28 - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    If there was ever a game that i wish both teams could lose this would be it

  10. yesiliketherangers - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    anyone who watched lundqvist carry the rangers last year would agree its ridiculous to compare him to Rask. Nothing against Rask and I think he’s going to be very good, but its retarded to even mention the two in the same sentence.

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