Rangers vs Bruins: Rangers Rally in Third Period and Top Bruins in the Shootout

After collapsing against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, the New York Rangers rebounded this evening with another come-from-behind win against the Boston Bruins. The Rangers scored two third period goals to force overtime, and Tony DeAngelo came away with the game-winner in the seventh round of the shootout.

1-0 Rangers
Mika Zibanejad (22) - Mats Zuccarello (21) - 17:45 1st Period

The Rangers were able to come away with the first goal in this game, as Mika Zibanejad registered his 22nd goal of the season. Zibanejad started the play off with a great keep at the blue line, and worked the puck down below the goal line. Mats Zuccarello was able to win a puck battle over Matt Grzelcyk and fed a beautiful centering feed to Zibanejad. With plenty of momentum behind him, Zibanejad stepped into a booming slap shot from the high slot and wired the puck past Jaroslav Halak.

1-1 Tie
Danton Heinen (7) - Matt Grzelcyk (13) & Brad Marchand (41) - 10:37 2nd Period

It took the Bruins about 13 minutes of game clock to locate the tying goal with Danton Heinen picking up the deflection in front. The play developed after a lost faceoff by Ryan Strome in the defensive zone, and Brad Marchand was able to get the puck back to Matt Grzelcyk at the point. Grzelcyk ripped a quick shot through the traffic in the high slot, and Heinen was able to get a piece of the puck as it came in on Alexandar Georgiev.

2-1 Bruins
David Pastrnak (31) - David Krejci (31) & Kevan Miller (5) - 11:49 2nd Period

A little over a minute after the Bruins tying goal, they responded almost immediately with the go-ahead goal courtesy of David Pastrnak. It was the result of another self-inflicted wound as Kevin Shattenkirk lost the puck in the corner, and it ended up in the back of the Rangers’ net. David Krejci picked up the primary assist on the goal after feeding a perfect pass over to David Pastrnak driving to the net.

3-1 Bruins - PPG
Patrice Bergeron (19) - Torey Krug (31) & Brad Marchand (42) - 15:11 2nd Period

The Bruins were able to add their third goal of the second period a short time later with Patrice Bergeron picking up his 19th goal of the season. The goal was yet another deflection in front of Alexandar Georgiev, who had zero vision on the puck as it slid through the crease and over the goal line. Suddenly, after a decent first period of hockey, the Rangers found themselves trailing by a pair of goals heading into the third period.

3-2 Bruins
Kevin Hayes (12) - Jimmy Vesey (14) & Pavel Buchnevich (8) - 9:24 3rd Period

The Rangers had a strong push to start the third period and were finally rewarded at the 9:24 mark with Kevin Hayes bringing the Rangers back within a goal. Jimmy Vesey setup the entire goal with a great pass from in close, and put the puck right on Hayes’ stick as he slipped into the high slot.

3-3 Tie - PPG
Filip Chytil (10) - Pavel Buchnevich (9) & Tony DeAngelo (10) - 12:41 3rd Period

After coming within a goal, the Rangers kept up the pressure in the offensive zone and were eventually rewarded with a big power play opportunity. Pavel Buchnevich’s shot from just inside the blue line wound up slipping under Jaroslav Halak and clanked off of the post on the way out. Thankfully, Filip Chytil was waiting right on the doorstep and shoveled home the game-tying goal with a little under eight minutes remaining in regulation.

4-3 Rangers - Shootout
NYR Goals: Mika Zibanejad (Round 3) & Tony DeAngelo (Round 7)
BOS Goals: Brad Marchand (Round 3)

Following a ridiculous high paced overtime period, the game went onto the shootout to decide the winner. Both Alexandar Georgiev and Jaroslav Halak stood tall for their respective teams and only allowed a total of three goals throughout seven rounds of the skills competition. Mika Zibanejad and Brad Marchand each scored in the third round to keep the score tied, but Tony DeAngelo put the Rangers back up by a goal in the seventh round. Alexandar Georgiev was tasked with making one final stop for the win, and did just that with a big glove save on David Krejci to close out the game.

Following tonight’s exciting win over the Bruins, the Rangers will have a scheduled off day tomorrow before returning to action on Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.