The Rangers were challenged to show some desperation and mental toughness in their rematch against the Bruins, and they did just that in another hotly contested, tight game between the two Eastern Conference titans. The Bruins dropped back early after allowing a pair of goals in the first period, and never truly had a grasp in a contest they eventually dropped by a 4-3 overtime score at Madison Square Garden for their first loss of the season. Nathan Horton had fired home a third period goal to tie things at 3-3 and push it into overtime, but a Marian Gaborik breakaway happened in the opening seconds of overtime when Andrew Ference couldn't handle a bouncing puck at the blue line. Gaborik snapped home the rebound after Tuukka Rask made initial save, and finished with a hat trick in the victory. Early on, New York's super forward line of Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Brad Richards did all the damage for the Rangers: a designed play by New York led to a Nash and Gaborik two-on-1 where the smaller, skilled Gaborik buried a shot under the crossbar. Rangers head coach John Tortorella then double-shifted that line to get them on the ice without Zdeno Chara, and Gaborik managed to snap in a rebound goal with Dougie Hamilton far out of defensive position away from the net. The Bruins fought back with a Hamilton-to-Brad Marchand connection on the power play that snapped an 0-for-11 streak to start the season. The Hamilton assist was the first point of his NHL career. Milan Lucic followed with a beastly score after he kept attacking rebounds in front of the New York net, and finally backhanded one home to tie things up at 2-2. The deadlock lasted less than a minute before the Rangers once again grabbed the one-goal lead on a Taylor Pyatt strike, and it stayed that way until Horton's third period strike.
Bruins lose first of the season to Rangers in OT, 4-3
NBC Sports Boston | Jan 24