BSJ Game Report: Bruins 3, Rangers 2 (OT) – Marchand, Rask extend B’s win streak to 4 straight

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Behind a strong night in net from Tuukka Rask, the Bruins extended their win streak to four in a row — as Brad Marchand buried his eighth goal of the season just 36 seconds into overtime to lift the B's over the Rangers, 3-2, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Bruins certainly looked like a team that didn't play in four full days during the opening period of Wednesday's matchup, with Boston only landing six shots on goal against Alexandar Georgiev through the first 20 minutes of play. Granted, it wasn't like the Rangers were definitively tilting the ice in their favor during that same stretch (six first-period shots on goal), but they did make one of their bids count — with Julien Gauthier tallying his first career NHL goal at 13:50 in the first after both Matt Grzelcyk and Brandon Carlo chased Brendan Lemieux behind Boston's net. 

Boston ramped up the pressure in the second frame— firing 19 shots on goal — but it wasn't until Boston went on the penalty kill that the B's finally secured the equalizer. Shortly after Rask kept Boston's deficit at just one off of a fantastic stop against Mika Zibanejad, Chris Wagner knotted things up — deflecting a shot from Artemi Panarin in Boston's zone, skating through the neutral zone and beating Georgiev for the shorthanded tally.

In what has been a familiar development so far in 2021, the third period went off the rails in a hurry. Jake DeBrusk appeared to put Boston ahead off of a wrister from the slot, but the refs waved it off, stating that the puck didn't completely cross the goal line.

That third line of DeBrusk, Anders Bjork and Charlie Coyle were rewarded just minutes later, with Bjork taking a feed from DeBrusk behind the Blueshirts' net and depositing it into twine for his first goal of the year — handing Boston a 2-1 lead.

But New York struck back, with Canton native Kevin Rooney knocking the puck past Rask to eventually force overtime. Rask was less than thrilled, immediately skating over to the on-ice official for what he thought was a high stick down low from Lemieux, but New York's goal stood.

Undeterred, the Bruins ended things in short order in OT, with Charlie McAvoy breaking up a Rangers passing sequence in front of Boston's net and promptly banking the biscuit off the boards to Marchand, who beat Georgiev to extend Boston's point streak to nine games. Rask finished with 33 saves in the victory.

The Bruins have now recorded four straight comeback wins — all of which have come on the road — for the first time in franchise history.