The seconds ticked off in overtime as it appeared the game was heading for a shootout, until Marian Gaborik scored with 3.6 seconds left to snatch the win from the Bruins.
When the conference leading Rangers (36-13-5) come to TD Garden tonight, the Black & Gold will put last game’s heartbreak aside and focus on picking up a win before departing for a six-game road trip.
“Unfortunately we’ve come up short a couple of times against these marquee matchups and big games we’ve had at home,” forward Milan Lucic
said. “So hopefully we can find a way to win one before we go on the road.”
Since the game, the Rangers have distanced themselves from the Bruins (34-17-2) and sit atop the conference with 77 points, seven more than the B’s.
But after a 10-game stretch of up-and-down play, the Bruins appear to be somewhat back to their usual play and forward Chris Kelly
is excited for the test they face tonight.
“They’re playing extremely well and it’s a great opportunity for us to come out and play the best team in the East and we’re looking forward to it,” Kelly said. “[Last game was a] high energy game, a physical game almost like a playoff style game. Hopefully it’s the same way, and the outcome is a little bit different.”
Besides Henrik Ludqvist and his Vezina-worthy season, perhaps one of the greatest assets the Rangers possess is their ability to block shots.
They rank fourth in the league with 907, and the last time they played the Bruins they blocked 22.
The Rangers shot-blocking abilities encompass the physical play the Blueshirts bring to the ice every game, but Lucic said his team is ready to fight through it.
“They play a real stingy style,” Lucic said. “They’re committed to their game plan and they’re blocking shots – they’re being physical and they’re doing all the little things really well and I think that’s given them success this season.
“It’s definitely makes them a hard team to play against and that’s one of things we’re going to have to battle through and find a way to try and push that pace like we did last game.”--- Anthony Gulizia