GAME: New York Rangers (18-16-7-4) at Boston Bruins (20-12-10-4).
TIME: Monday, 1 p.m. EST.
The Boston Bruins' five-game winning streak came to an abrupt end against
the NHL's hottest team. Now Boston looks to get back on track when it opens a
home-and-home series with the New York Rangers at the FleetCenter.
The Bruins came into Saturday night's contest against Ottawa looking to
extend a seven-game unbeaten streak and move closer to first place in the
Northeast Division. Boston, though, fell 4-0 to an Ottawa club that has lost
once since Dec. 13.
Martin Prusek made 20 saves and Martin Havlat had two goals and two assists
for the Senators, who also dealt the Bruins their last loss, on Dec. 30.
Ottawa, which moved four points up on Boston in the Northeast, is 11-1-4 in its
"It's tough when we play like that, like garbage," Bruins defenseman Nick
Boynton said. "We were going pretty good. It's embarrassing when you play like
Felix Potvin made 19 saves for the Bruins. He had been 3-0-1 in his last
four starts and was coming off a 1-0 victory over Buffalo on Thursday.
Bruins coach Mike Sullivan will be looking for his team to pick up its
intensity in the series opener against the Rangers.
"We can do a better job staying disciplined and staying focused," Sullivan
said. "It's important against teams like Ottawa to have a good start."
Boston may need to come out strong against New York, which has gained a
point in five straight games (2-0-2-1) and is playing some its most consistent
hockey of the season.
Alex Kovalev scored the tying goal with 5:06 remaining in regulation, and
Mike Dunham played another strong game with 25 saves as the Rangers earned a
2-2 draw in Montreal on Saturday night.
Kovalev took Eric Lindros' pass from the boards behind the goal line and
beat the Canadiens' Jose Theodore through the legs.
"I think overall we controlled the game," said Lindros, who has four goals
and eight assists in his last 13 games. "Unfortunately, we only got one point
out of it, but we played a pretty solid game and we're happy with that."
The Rangers earned the tie against a Canadiens club that had won a
season-high three straight for the third time this season, and second time in
seven games. New York is tied for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Boston and New York meet again Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.