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BSJ Game Report: Rangers 3, Bruins 2 (OT) — Self-inflicted loss

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins' loss to the New York Rangers at TD Garden in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis.

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If you can’t win fair, cheat: Before the Bruins were called for a too-many-men penalty at 1:05 of overtime, they attempted an early change in order to get numbers back defensively because the Rangers were in transition and Boston had two players caught deep. The penalty proved crucial because the Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello scored the game-winner on the power play.

“All three were scrambling to get on the ice,” admitted Bruce Cassidy. “I can’t complain. We’re trying to gain an advantage there and sometimes you get away with it, and sometimes you don’t. We didn’t.”

As Cassidy said, it was a lousy way to lose, especially after the Bruins erased a two-goal deficit to force overtime.