The Rangers were slow and mistake prone against the Bruins

Following the second period last night, Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson told John Giannone that the team was slower than the Bruins in all areas of the game. (MSG)

Derek Stepan said that the Bruins were on pucks before the Rangers and putting them in positions to turn it over. Stepan said that it took about 25 minutes of game play to get their feet moving and that is too late to do that, especially at this time of year. (MSG)

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The Rangers want to get Brady Skjei signed and to Hartford ASAP

Brady SkjeiThe Rangers are hoping to get 2012 first round pick Brady Skjei signed and sent to Hartford as soon as possible. (NY Post)

Skjei’s college season ended this past week.

Negotiations have not yet started with Skjei, a junior at Minnesota, but if he performs well in the AHL through the rest of the season he could possibly join the Rangers roster as a spare defenseman during the playoffs. (NY Post)

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The NHL Explanation for allowing the Milan Lucic goal

NHL Puck4:23PM: On MSG, the Rangers said:

  • Henrik Lundqvist: “I was 100% sure it was not a goal so I stayed confident and calm and when they called it a goal it set the tone for the first and it was tough. I’m not sure what the right call was but when I saw it happen, I was pretty convinced it was not going to be a goal.
  • Marc Staal said that he saw Lucic’s foot “come back and then forward and land where the puck was. Thought it should have been no goal…one mans opinion.”
  • Alain Vigneault: “it was Toronto, you would have to call them and ask them.”

1:22PM: From the NHL: “According to Rule 49.2 “A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player’s skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal.” Good goal Boston.”

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What Henrik Lundqvist said after the game

HenrikHenrik Lundqvist spoke after his return to the lineup (MSG):

  • On how he felt, “tough start, not the start I was looking for or the team. First period was tough timing wise. I felt better as the game went on. Challenging game for two periods and then we played really well in the third. It was a good test for me obviously but if you take away the first period I felt pretty solid.”

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Game Recap: Bruins 4 — Rangers 2

Recap: Henrik Lundqvist allowed three first-period goals in his first game since Feb. 2 as the visiting Rangers lost for the second time in three games.

Need to Know:

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (14 saves) left 10 seconds into the second period and was replaced by Niklas Svedberg (16 saves.

Milan Lucic scored the Bruins’ first two gaols. It was his second two-goal game of the season. . .the first one was controversial as Lucic appeared to kick the puck in the net.

Lundqvist finished with 26 saves … Defenseman Keith Yandle was a minus-3; Matt Hunwick was a minus-2 before scoring the Rangers’ second goal with 23 seconds left.

The Bruins are 7-1-2 in their last 10 meetings with the Rangers, who beat the Bruins 3-2 in regulation at Madison Square Garden Feb. 4.

Rick Nash scored his 40th goal of the season in the second period. It’s his third career 40-goal season and his first with the Rangers.

James Sheppard got into his first fight as a Ranger with Boston’s Matt Bartkowski after Bartkowski hit Tanner Glass from behind into the boards in the third period.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Rangers host Washington Sunday (3 p.m.).

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