It was appropriate that the New York Rangers would make their first of two trips to Boston shortly after Halloween, as TD Garden has been a scary sight for them. The Rangers had not won a game at the home of the Boston Bruins since February 2012, including postseason, and things didn’t look good Patrice Bergeron put in goal four minutes into the game.
However, the Rangers once again rose in a spot they’ve recently failed in, completing yet another comeback victory. The Blueshirts scored a pair of shorthanded goals, and Pavel Buchnevich scored his career NHL goal on a power play, the Rangers topped the Bruins 5-2.
Bergeron’s goal seemed to spell a night of doom for the Rangers, but unusual scoring, from an unusual sources and at unusual times helped the Rangers take down their Beantown rivals. Nick Holden scored his first goal as a Ranger from the blue line, and Derek Stepan would add his first goal of the season while Marc Staal was in the penalty box for tripping.
The Rangers’ shorthanded spectacular did not end with Stepan’s debut goal of the year as Kevin Hayes continued his hot streak, scoring his fifth goal of the season, following his three point night against Edmonton on Thursday, while Jesper Fast was serving time. Antti Raanta held strong in net during in the period, letting in no goals during a period where Boston outshot the Rangers 15-8.
In the third, the Rangers put the game away, as Buchnevich scored on the power play,
swarmed by teammates as Rangers staff saved the puck. Boston drew close with a goal by David Pastrnak, but the Rangers were able to put things away with an insurance goal from Michael Grabner, who earlier had assisted on Stepan’s shorthanded score. It was Grabner’s seventh goal of the year, breaking a tie with Rick Nash and Jimmy Vesey for the team lead.
The Rangers won at TD Garden for the first time since February 14, 2012. The two Original 6 rivals will meet one last time this season, the Rangers having taken the first two meetings, in the arena formerly known as FleetCenter on March 2.
Winners of their last four games, as well as eight of their past nine, the Rangers will play the second half of a back-to-back tonight, taking on the Winnipeg Jets (7:00 PM, MSG).
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490