- Zdeno Chara 2 (Assists: David Krejci 9, Nathan Horton 4)
- Ryan McDonagh 1 (Assists: Rick Nash 3, Derick Brassard 8)
- Derek Stepan 3 (Assists: Carl Hagelin 3, Ryan Callahan 3)
- Torey Krug 1 (power play) (Assists: Dougie Hamilton 1, Brad Marchand 4)
- Brad Marchand 1 (Assists: Patrice Bergeron 2, Zdeno Chara 8)
- The game was even for stretches but the Bruins found another gear in OT and had plenty of chances to win the game before they eventually did. The Bruins were far better and if it weren’t for some posts and the crossbar the game would have ended earlier in OT.
- Another 0-3 night for the Rangers power play. They only managed three shots on their three PPs. The Bruins had eight shots on their PP in OT and were able to cash in on one of their 11 PP shots.
- The Rangers lost game one against Washington and came back and played better in game two. I expect that will happen again on Sunday. Being down in a series and losing in OT, while a little demoralizing, doesn’t keep this team down for long. They bounced back in the last series and they need to do it again, albeit at a higher level since Boston is a better team. If the Rangers want to advance they will find that level that Boston did in OT.
Rangers Game Notes:
– The Rangers were defeated by the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in overtime tonight at TD Garden, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.
– New York has posted a record of 212-230-8 overall in postseason action, including a 93-142-6 mark on the road.
– The Rangers tallied two goals in a span of 16 seconds at 19:58 of the second period and 0:14 of the third.
– The last time the Rangers and Bruins played an overtime game in the playoffs was Mar. 27, 1958 (L, 3-4).
– The Blueshirts were credited with 29 blocked shots, led by Dan Girardi’s team-high, five blocked shots.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves and is now 29-34 in 63 career postseason contests. His shutout streak ended at 152:23, which marks a playoff career high.
– Ryan McDonagh notched his first career playoff goal with 1.3 seconds remaining in the second period, was credited with five hits and three blocked shots in 31:59 of ice time. It is the fourth time in his playoff career he has logged 30:00 or more of ice time.
– Derek Stepan registered a goal and was credited with two blocked shots in 25:18 of ice time. He now leads the team with three goals in the playoffs.
– Derick Brassard recorded an assist to extend his point streak to six games (two goals, eight assists over the span). He is now tied for third in the NHL in playoff assists (eight) and points (10).
– Rick Nash tallied an assist and led the team with six shots on goal in 20:54 of ice time. He has registered an assist in each of the last two games.
– Carl Hagelin registered an assist, four shots, and three hits in 19:43 of ice time. He is now tied for second on the team in points (five), and leads the Rangers with a plus-five rating in the playoffs.
– Ryan Callahan tallied an assist, was credited with three hits and two blocked shots, and logged 26:37 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist over the span).