When the New York Rangers went down 2-0 to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, the classic Yogi Berra phrase “It gets late early out there”, came to mind.
By the time it was over, however, two other Yogisms…”It ain’t over till it’s over” and “It’s deja vu all over again!”…served as the motif for the evening.
Brandon Pirri had two goals, including one on the power play that served as the game winner, and the Rangers scored five unanswered goals to close out a 5-2 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night. It was the Rangers‘ third consecutive win, all which have been come-from-behind victories. Much like the one earned Saturday night over Washington, the Rangers overcame a 2-0 first period deficit to turn a opponent’s 2-0 lead into two points.
Having played the night before and starting rookie Zane McIntyre, a rookie making his first NHL start after debuting in the previous night’s home loss to Minnesota, in net, the Bruins pulled out all the stops in the first period. David Pastrnak scored a mere 10 seconds into the game, and McIntyre didn’t face a Rangers shot until over six minutes had gone by in the opening frame. Another Boston rookie, Austin Czarnik, made it 2-0 in Beantown’s favor when Henrik Lundqvist couldn’t handle his shot, good for his first career NHL goal.
To make matters worse, Josh Jooris left the game with an injured shoulder, later confirmed to be separated, an injury that will keep him out indefinitely.
However, the Rangers ensured that Czarnik’s goal would be the last celebration Boston would have all night.
The Rangers (5-2-0) gave McIntyre a late rude welcoming to the NHL, peppering the young goaltender with 14 shots in the period. The Rangers also took advantage of four Boston penalties in the period, scoring on two of them. Rick Nash put one over a diving McIntyre to slice the lead in half, and Pirri tallied up his first goal of the day in the period’s final minute for the go-ahead tally. Those goals, helping the Rangers go 2-for-5 on the power play, sandwiched the tying score, an even strength netter off the stick of Kevin Hayes, who improved to 6-1-0 in games against his brother Jimmy, who skated on the opposite side. In other reunion news, the Rangers welcomed back Dominic Moore to Madison Square Garden, with the veteran putting two shots on net.
The second period also featured a controversial hit from Pastrnak, who laid down a hit to the head of Dan Girardi, who left the ice but later returned to the game. Pastrank was given a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, but is expected to meet with the league this week for a hearing on further punishment.
The Rangers put the Bruins (3-4-0) away early in the 3rd period, as Pirri and Jimmy Vesey each scored their fourth goals of the young campaign, the two newcomers now tied for the team lead. After a tough first period, Lundqvist shut the door the rest of the way, earning 27 saves, and the Rangers took their third consecutive win over the Bruins, dating back to last season. Pirri and Vesey were two of five Rangers who tallied multiple points, as Nash assisted on Vesey’s final goal, returning the favor, as Vesey had assisted on Nash’s opener. Derek Stepan and JT Miller had a pair of assists each.
Winners of their past three games, the Rangers will return to action on Friday, taking on Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh in what will serve as Carolina’s home opener (7:30 PM, MSG).
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490