Final: Rangers 4 Bruins 3 F/OT

From the Rangers:

- Ryan Callahan on blocking shots…
“That’s how we won so many games last year. That’s our identity that we’ve been trying to build and we always talked about for the past three or four years, and that’s when we’re successful, when we play that style of hockey.”
– Rick Nash on Marian Gaborik…
“He opens up a lot of space. He’s one of the best scorers in the league and people better be aware when he’s out there. For me and Richie (Brad Richards) it opens up a little more space which is important.”

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • It wasn’t perfect, and they almost let it slip away, but the Rangers picked up their first win of the season and showed a lot of the character and work that helped them win last year.
  • That first goal was as nice of a goal as you will ever see.
  • Marian Gaborik was great and picked up where he left off last season by doing his work close to the net. That line has some moments.
  • Ryan Callahan was a monster tonight

Rangers game notes after the jump

Team Notes:
– The Rangers defeated the Bruins, 4-3, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden for their first win of the season.
– The Blueshirts have won 10 of their last 14 games against the Bruins, including six of their last eight meetings. New York improved to 21-7-2 against Boston since 2005-06.
– The Rangers are 12-3-0 in their last 15 games against the Bruins at MSG, dating back to a 3-2 win on November 20, 2005.
– Tonight’s contest marked the 18th time in their last 23 meetings that the Rangers and Bruins were separated by one goal, dating back to March 24, 2007. It is the seventh time the two sides required extra time during the stretch. The Blueshirts improved to 11-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.
– The Rangers were credited with 25 blocked shots in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, four blocked shots. Brian Boyle, Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Halpern were credited with three blocked shots apiece.
– The Blueshirts out-hit the Bruins, 28-20, in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, nine hits.
Player Notes:
– Marian Gaborik opened the game’s scoring with a pair of goals in a span of 2:13 in the first period, and notched the game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime for his 14th career hat trick and fifth as a Ranger. He also tied for the game-high with six shots on goal, was credited with three blocked shots and posted a plus-two rating in 21:05 of ice time. Gaborik has now tallied seven goals and eight points in the last six games against Boston. His five hat tricks as a Ranger are tied with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th most in franchise history, while his 14 career hat tricks are tied with Jaromir Jagr for second among active NHL players.
– Taylor Pyatt notched a goal and was credited with three hits in 14:53 of ice time. He has tallied two goals and a plus-two rating in the last two games.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 1-2-0 overall, including a 1-1-0 record at home this season. The win was his 20th career victory against Boston, and he is now 20-7-2 in 29 career games vs. the Bruins. His 20 wins against Boston are the most versus non-Atlantic Division opponents.
– Rick Nash tallied an assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), tied for the game-high with six shots on goal and posted a plus-two rating in 20:35 of ice time.
– Brad Richards registered an assist and a plus-two rating in 20:20 of ice time. He has tallied at least one point in each game this season to lead the team with four points, and is tied for the team lead with three assists in three contests. He also leads the team with a plus-three rating on the season.
– Derek Stepan recorded one assist and three shots on goal in 22:14 of ice time. He is tied for the team lead with three assists in three games this season, and is now one point shy of his 100th career NHL point.
– Michael Del Zotto tallied an assist, was credited with three blocked shots and logged 25:24 of ice time. He has now recorded two assists in the last two games.
– Marc Staal registered an assist and was credited with three blocked shots in 23:22 of ice time.
– Ryan Callahan led all skaters with nine hits and four blocked shots, and led all forwards with 23:08 of ice time. Dan Girardi logged a game-high, 26:47 of ice time.