Causeway Crowd’s Three Stars (Boston Bruins/New York Rangers 1/23)


Jan 23 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) assists goalie Tuukka Rask (40) for a save during the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the staff at Causeway Crowd has been mulling over who among the Boston Bruins earned last night’s three stars. The Bruins had to come back from deficits throughout the game in regulation. The Bruins were still able to get a point in what will be a very tight division this year. Officially, the Bruins were voted out of the three star awards for the first time this season. Marian Gaborik did have an amazing night though. His hat trick goal in overtime is what gave the Rangers the win. That aside, these are the Bruins players that we believe deserve recognition.

January 23rd, 2013 – New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins (Bruins away)

Final Score: New York Rangers 4 – Boston Bruins 3 (OT)

Three Stars of the Game: 3rd: Brad Richards,  2nd: Rick Nash, 1st: Marian Gaborik

Causeway Crowd’s Three Stars:

3rd: Adam McQuaid: From Aidan: McQuaid’s fight against Boyle sparked the momentum for the Bruins second period attack which lead to us tying the game with the Marchand and Lucic goals. McQuaid is still shaking loose some of the cobwebs and needs to be more aware of how tightly the refs are calling games. If any player did his part to get their team back into a game though, it was McQuaid.

2nd: Patrice Bergeron: From Matt: Bergeron once again played a smart, physical game, making plays for his line mates, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin.  Bergeron almost gave the Bruins a win near the end but was just off. Last year’s Selkie winner keeps proving why he has that “A” on his chest. His penalty kill on the 5 on 3 is the prime example. Once again, # 37 was brilliant on the PK, this time tying up most of the Rangers squad with a 1 on 3 that came within inches of winning the game through a short handed goal.

1st: Dougie Hamilton: From Billy: Hamilton was incredible, shaky at times in his own end but you can see his talent. From Aidan: Was instrumental on getting the puck to the front of the net for Brad Marchand’s PP goal. Played incredibly well from all angles and aspects, shut down well and played aggressive. From Matt:  This kid just keeps impressing the Boston fan base.  He looks more and more comfortable each game he plays and each shift he is on the ice. This kid is going to be the real deal in all aspects of the game.

When the entire staff sings the praises of a single player, it makes you stand up and take notice. At one point in our discussions, I mentioned that Hamilton was looking like a ‘blond Chara’ out there. It’s only his third game, but Hamilton is making a case for himself to be a permanent part of the Bruins roster this year. He also scored his first career NHL point last night with an assist on Marchand’s goal.

So, those are our picks. Any questions, comments, or scathing criticisms you can always drop us a line here. Come by and visit us again as the staff at Causeway Crowd will run down the best of the Boston Bruins for every game they play this season.