One week ago, the New York Rangers came out on the wrong end of their season debut on NBC’s Wednesday Night Rivalry, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Detroit Red Wings, a game where they outplayed Detroit in every aspect except goals, as the Blueshirts were stymied by back up goaltender Jimmy Howard.
They’re hoping recent history doesn’t repeat itself tonight, as the Rangers again partake in the programming block, this time welcoming the Boston Bruins to Madison Square Garden (8:00 PM, NBCSN).
The Rangers (4-2-0) will look to extend their first winning streak of the season, currently at two after sweeping a back-t0-back set over the weekend, defeating Washington on Saturday night on the road before returning home to top Arizona 3-2 on Sunday. Dan Girardi broke a 2-2 tie with his first goal of the season, the eventual game winner. Josh Jooris and JT Miller also scored for the Rangers, the latter’s goal coming on the power play. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to preserve victory.
Boston (3-3-0) enters playing the second half of their own back-to-back, though the first half of theirs was much less successful than the Rangers’, as they dropped a 5-0 decision to the Minnesota Wild last night at home. The Bruins were done in by four goals in the second period, with Jason Zucker and Joel Eriksson Ek tallying 3 points each for the Wild. It made a tough Boston goaltender situation, which is already missing Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin due to injuries, even more difficult to endure, as Malcolm Subban was pulled after giving up the first 3 goals on 16 shots. Rookie Zane McIntyre relieved Subban for his first NHL action, stopping 15 of 17 shots. McIntyre is expected to make his first start tonight.
This will be the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Bruins this season, the next coming next weekend on November 5 in Boston. Last season, the Rangers won the season series, going 2-1-0 in a trio with their fellow Original 6ers. The last meeting came on March 23 at MSG, a 5-2 Rangers victory. Boston outshot the Rangers 41-24, but Lundqvist stopped 39 in the win. Derek Stepan had three points to lead the way offensively.
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