The New York Rangers
and Boston Bruins
have been two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference throughout the season and have played three exciting games that have shown how evenly matched they are.
The tightness of the matchups might not be evident based on the season series -- the Rangers are 3-0-0 and will go for the sweep Sunday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2) at Madison Square Garden -- but all three games have been close and could have gone either way.
A lot is riding on Sunday's game: the Bruins can wrap up the Northeast Division and the No. 2 spot in the East with a victory while the Rangers can clinch the top spot in the East with a single point following Pittsburgh's loss to Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.
Here's a capsule look at the season series to date:
Jan. 21 at Boston | Rangers 3, Bruins 2, OT |
Entering the contest, the Rangers held a one-point advantage on the Bruins for first in the East, but many still considered the defending champions the class of the conference. The Rangers proved they were for real, playing even with the Bruins through regulation and getting a Marian Gaborik
goal in overtime for the victory.