The New York Rangers have achieved much at Madison Square Garden thus far on the young 2016-17 season, having gone 7-1-0 thus far at MSG.
They’ll hope to display mastery at another Garden tonight, as they travel to TD Garden for the first time this season to battle the Boston Bruins (7:00 PM, MSG).
The Rangers (8-3-0) have won three in a row, including Thursday night’s thrilling 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Rick Nash scored the game winning goal with 81 seconds remaining, as the Rangers came back from three separate single goal deficits. The line of Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes and JT Miller each featured a score from each man, and Jesper Fast put in the other. This game will be part one of a weekend double header for the Rangers, who return home to face Winnipeg at MSG tomorrow.
Boston (6-4-0) is likewise coming off a win on Thursday, topping the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3, a victory that required a shootout to cap off. Jimmy Hayes, Kevin’s brother, provided the winning tally in the shootout, which took 10 rounds to complete. Brandon Carlo, Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak had the regulation goals for Boston, which has won three in a row since losing three in a row in the early stages of the year.
The last loss of that losing streak came to the Rangers on October 26, a 5-2 defeat in New York. The Rangers made up a 2-0 deficit after the first 20 minutes, as they struck back with a trio in the middle frame, with tallies by Nash, Kevin Hayes and Brandon Pirri, the final of which came on a power play. Pirri would add an insurance goal with the third, as would Jimmy Vesey.
Despite their relative recent success against the Bruins, having taken the last three meetings, the Rangers have not won in Boston since February 12, 2013. The third and final Rangers-Bruins showdown this season will also be in Boston, taking place on March 2.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490