The Blueshirts are riding a three-game win streak as they head to Boston to take on the league-leading Bruins (1:00 P.M. ET, NBC).
The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Thanksgiving Eve. After going up 3-0 the Rangers surrendered two goals in under two minutes prior to the start of the third period. In the third period, the Rangers were able to shut out the Hurricanes and hang on to the 3-2 win. Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant making 41 saves in his 1,000th game. Lundqvist will make the start in Boston.
“It’s a fun feeling when you win in different ways,” said Lundqvist. “The other night, it was more the skill that helped us. Tonight, I thought it was more the will.
Mika Zibanejad made his long-awaited return and scored a goal just minutes into the game.
“For a few seconds, I forgot how to breathe but I felt better in the second and the third,” Zibanejad said.
“I thought we just found a way to survive,” said head coach David Quinn.
Friday afternoon the Rangers will face a tough test in the Boston Bruins. The Bruins embarrassed the Rangers in October defeating the Rangers 7-4. It was early in this game when Patrice Bergeron injured Zibanejad. Bergeron has missed four of the past six games with a groin injury and is currently out indefinitely. Leading the Bruins in Bergeron’s absence are Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Marchand leads the Bruins with 43 points in 25 games. Pastrnak leads the Bruins in goals with 23 goals in 25 games played. The Bruins have won five straight games and haven’t lost in regulation since November 8th.
The Rangers will have their work cut out for them to extend the winning streak to four. Coach Quinn offered praise for strong play for some of the roster and he believes the team is better since the last meeting with the Bruins.
“We are a different team, for sure,” Quinn said. “You look at how [Adam] Fox is playing. Look at how [Ryan] Lindgren’s playing. Look at how [Tony] DeAngelo’s playing. Look at how [Filip] Chytil’s playing. We have Mika back. [Pavel] Buchnevich is playing better. [Ryan] Strome and [Artemi] Panarin are playing better. We’re a better hockey team.”
“We’re kind of going through this process together, learning game in and game out and trying to improve,” Fox said. “Obviously, he’s [Lindgren] done a great job in helping me.” This will be Fox’s first game back at TD Garden since college when he was a member of the Harvard team.
Marc Staal is getting closer to returning from ankle surgery. Staal has been back on the ice for three days now and could return to action in the near future.
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