The Rangers (40-21-2) got to see Shattenkirk play for his new team on Tuesday night, when they fell 4-1 to his new comrades, the Washington Capitals. Brady Skjei gave the Rangers a lead in the first period, but Washington knotted things up with a goal from Marcus Johansson, the first of two for him on the evening. The Rangers appeared to knot things up with a goal by Michael Grabner, but a replay review caught the Rangers offsides and negated the goal. The Blueshirts never recovered, and Washington coasted afterwards, adding goals from Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom.
Boston (33-24-6) has been an absolute tear since subbing Bruce Cassidy in for Claude Julien, having won three in a row and 7 of 8 overall under the interim coach. Their latest triumph was a 4-1 win over Arizona at TD Garden, also on Tuesday night. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist in victory.
This will be the third and final meeting between the Original Six rivals this season, with the Rangers winning both meetings back in the fall, each by a 5-2 score. The last meeting was also at TD Garden, with Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes’s shorthanded goals leading the way. Nick Holden, Pavel Buchnevich and Grabner had the other Ranger tallies, while Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak had the Boston scores.