Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-1 win over the Rangers in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
The rebuilding Rangers might sit near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, but the Blueshirts’ woes this season have not been a byproduct of a sluggish offense, to say the least.
With key cogs like Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad leading the way up front, New York can score with the best of ‘em — boasting the eighth-ranked offense (3.28 goals per game) and the sixth-ranked man advantage (23.3 percent success rate).
But, as has been the case for most of the 2019-20 campaign, a potent power play was stumped by a stout Bruins penalty-kill unit for most of Sunday afternoon — as Boston limited New York to just one tally on five power-play bids in what was an eventual 3-1 win for Boston at Madison Square Garden.
With the win, Boston has now won nine of its last 10 games and improves to 37-11-12 on the season. Charlie McAvoy, Charlie Coyle and Patrice Bergeron all lit the lamp for the B’s, while Jaroslav Halak finished the contest with 25 saves in net.
While New York finally cashed in on their fifth and final power play of the afternoon, the Rangers fumbled multiple attempts to get their punches in against Halak — with the Blueshirts only generating two high-danger scoring chances and surrendering four shots against over 8:36 of 5v4 TOI.
After a fairly even opening 19 minutes of play, Boston took a late lead with just 42 seconds remaining in the first — with McAvoy firing in a shot from the blue line that bounced high and over Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev to put Boston on the board.
Coyle secured the eventual game-winner during a PK shift in the second period, picking off a pass intended for Jacob Trouba and beating Georgiev on a breakaway at 18:42 — securing Boston’s second shorthanded goal in as many games.
Zibanejad finally snapped Boston’s PK dominance with a power-play laser from the point at 9:52 in the final period, but that was all that New York was able to muster — with Bergeron capping off the win with an empty netter with 13 seconds to go in regulation.