The New York-Boston rivalry adds another chapter this late afternoon, as the New York Rangers hit the road to visit the Boston Bruins (5:00 PM, MSG).
The Rangers (17-12-3) are coming off a big interconference win at home, taking down the Los Angeles Kings by a 4-2 final last night at Madison Square Garden. Rick Nash put in the game winner, an unassisted tally created via an interception of a Christian Folin pass. Chris Kreider had a goal in the first period, the 100th of his NHL career, slightly overshadowing Marian Gaborik’s 1,000th career NHL game. Kevin Hayes and JT Miller had goals as well, the latter being an empty netters, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots.
Yeah, Rick Nash, so overrated. pic.twitter.com/O4rdpFSbuu
— Eric McClure (@EricMcClureBK) December 16, 2017
Meanwhile, Boston (15-10-4), like Los Angeles before them, has been hot lately, winners of five of their past seven. Their success, however, was stopped in their last game on Thursday night, when they fell 5-3 to the Washington Capitals at home. Patrice Bergeron tied the game in the second period with his sixth goal of the year, but three unanswered Washington goals helped put the game away. Bergeron added one more goal, Boston’s final, in the third.
This is the second meeting between the Rangers and Bruins this season, with the Rangers taking part one at Madison Square Garden by a 4-2 score on November 8. The Rangers jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period, energized by Jimmy Vesey’s two goals, scored over a 29 second span. Pavel Buchnevich opened the New York scoring, while Nash wrapped things up with an empty netter to cap things off.
Lundqvist is expected to start in net for the Rangers tonight.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490