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B’s beat Rangers on Chara’s game-winner

Nov 29, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

That there blast by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara held up as the winner in a 3-2 Boston victory over the Rangers in today’s Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.

For Chara, who also assisted on Brad Marchand‘s first-period goal before dropping the gloves with Rangers forward Brian Boyle in the second period, it completed the Gordie Howe hat trick. For the B’s, it was a nice win after getting smoked, 6-1, on Wednesday in Detroit.

New York, meanwhile, won’t have much time to recover from today’s loss. The Rangers host former coach John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow afternoon in a game they should be extremely motivated to win, especially if the report that followed Tortorella’s firing was true.

By the sounds of it, the Rangers’ new coach, Alain Vigneault, wasn’t too pleased with his team’s performance today.

So there’s some more motivation for tomorrow.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I too was very disappointed in the Rangers battle effort. Boyle totally wimped out with Chara. I mean the guys hitting you at least do something…

    • pastabelly - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Chara could do serious damage to anyone not “wimping out”. Boyle is no fool.

    • theskinsman - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Boyle was smart- why stand there and take a bad beating? The Bruins ‘effort’ against Detroit was the worst I’ve seen in 45 years of following them. They aren’t playing with any fire or sense of urgency until they are behind. Nice that they won, but I think they need a shakeup.

      • dropthepuckeh - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        They are the top team in the Eastern Conference and they need a shake-up? Its a long season my man, although in 45 years of watching I’m sure you know that. Teams have off nights like the Detroit game, it happens. Be happy you aren’t a Buffalo or Edmonton fan….

      • theskinsman - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        You’re right,of course.It just pisses me off to watch a team as talented as the Bruins give a zero effort game. That’s why I’m just a lifer fan instead of an overreacting nutcase of a coach.

    • joey4id - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      The NHL was all up in arms because Holtby refused to engage with Emery and floating the idea of a 10 game suspension for crossing the red line. Maybe the league should consider a 10 game suspension when you fight someone who doesn’t want to fight.

  2. jaybyrd99 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    This rangers team is built for mediocrity. How many more years of Sather do we fans get. They are so inconsistent and that starts at the top, Dolan and blather. 14 years of this, only 1 decent season- 2 years ago. multiple coaches ,multiple players and the only constant -SLATS ! the other idiot Dolan loves him though so he’s good for life !

  3. bleedrangerblue - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Boyle is a waste. Easy off the puck can’t score. He sucks. All 6’7″ of him

  4. bleedrangerblue - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Boyle and Pyatt both should be gone in my opinion.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I guess pastabelly would lay down if he was getting punched. Lol

  6. bleedrangerblue - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    The only time Boyle was Half way decent was when he had Prust taking care of him.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    FWIW, when the too-many-men penalty was called late in the 3rd, Mr Emrick noted that some 70 years earlier, the Rangers and Bruins had used the 7th man, called the rover. Sorry Doc, the rover was dropped from East Coast pro hockey in the 1910s, before the NHL even formed. Even the main West Coast pro league dropped it a few years before the Bruins and Rangers joined the NHL.

  8. xdj511 - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Doc would never let the facts get in the way of his endless yammering.

  9. irokkit - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Dear theskinsman…

    In 45 years?
    The worst effort?
    I guess your showing your age..,and your altzhiemer’s too.

  10. irokkit - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM


    You’d have a Mat Cooke’s or a LaPierre or even worse, a Sean Avery on every team.
    AND, the NHL carries an instigator penalty to discourage uneven or unwanted altercations. Quite frankly, the only way for a player to avoid fighting, as it is and has been a part of the game since every single one of these North American players were born. Every player that laces up the skates makes a choice on how he wants to play the game. He has a choice to play like a Patrice Bergeron or a Pavel Datsyuk. And if he does, fighting will not be a part of his game. (Although Patrice will drop ’em)
    Players that play “chippy” or with a lack of respect…have an ass beating coming even if they don’t want it…it’s coming.

  11. amityvillefun - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    What a game by big Z. Way to lead your team back to respectability after the embarrassing loss to Detroit. Great play by the captain of the B’s.

    Chara is a force of nature in some games. A coach with a clone army of Charas could rule the world, bwah-ha-ha!

    • blomfeld - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      “Chara is a force of nature in some games” ? …

      Translation: a genetically ‘twisted’ freak !

      Attention all LA Kings fans: this human beanstalk and the ‘weirdo’ Bruins come to Staples on January 9th … and man are we ever going to have a little surprise in store for them ! Chara’s presentation and behavior is ‘completely’ consistent with some macabre lab experiment gone wrong … and did I mention that vermin Marchand ? The bottom line friends is that ‘ours’ is an enterprise guided by providence, which retains POSITIVELY ‘no’ respect or quarter for ‘freak shows’ like Chara and the Bruins !

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      • amityvillefun - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Dude, you need to seek psychological help.

        Did the Kings play this game? Did they have anything to do with it at all?

        What do you do for fun, go to Wal-mart and make fun of kids with special needs?

        Funny thing is, if Chara got traded to the Kings, you’d probably be the first loser to go out and buy a Chara jersey.

        Fact of the matter is, regardless of how big he is, the guy is obviously a very talented hockey player as well. Otherwise he be just another no talent goon like John Scott.

        I take offense to your comments and think you should be banned from this forum. Want to look at a freak? Grab a mirror dude, because you are one insensitive, messed up person.

      • pxland - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Aw… Poor amity.

        Did Blomfeld upset you?

  12. gaborik104life - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Brian Boyle cannot fight or score. The fact that he is 6’7 has nothing to do with his ability to fight and just because he has that size does not mean he has to be a goon or know how to fight. The twenty goal season was way out of normal production so focus on the other players not scoring rather than expecting him to do so. His faceoff percentage is currently 56.6 which is the highest on the team and the only one winning the majority which is why he is valuable. He sacrifices his body by blocking shots and is a great pk’er. He is one of the players actually doing his job.

  13. nhstateline - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    LA wasn’t in this game. Doesn’t have a thing to do with your team or the very classy organization that it represents. When Mr. Chara comes to LA take a long look because that’s what a successful leader looks like. That’s how a leader carries himself and pushes his team to do better when half of it clearly wanted to take another game off. Zee is literally and figuratively one of the biggest reasons why the Bruins are where they are and been where they’ve been over the last several years. Ask the Sens if they wish they had that decision to make again.

  14. irokkit - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    So this blog is more about conflict then hockey…

  15. nhstateline - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Go read the article on Chara’s captaincy that was in the Boston Globe the other day. He’s a big part of why the Bruins were able to change their culture and becoming a winning team again. If I were running the Sabres, for example, I’d be trying to figure out if I had a guy like him in my room already or how I could get one. Management matters but so does leadership on the team and that, in addition, to excellent play, is what Chara has brought to the Bruins.

  16. irokkit - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM


    Nhlstateline & dropthepuckeh

    Thank you for factual insight. I sincerely hope the the other mucklers and shinpads can read and, understand, what the two of you have posted.
    Thank you!

  17. bleedrangerblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    I will say it again Boyle sucks. Just watched Rangers beat Canucks. Watched Boyle get outplayed , pushed off puck, and beat up again. He has not been the same since Chris Neil killed him in the playoffs. For Pete’s sake Zuc plays harder on the puck! Trade him Sather!!!!!!!!!

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