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FINAL OT
1 2 3 OT T
New York Rangers NYR 0 2 0 1 3
33 SHOTS 34
27 FACEOFFS 32
27 HITS 12
15 PIM 26
1/3 PP 0/4
8 GIVEAWAYS 12
7 TAKEAWAYS 8
22 BLOCKED SHOTS 14
       

Rangers show Bruins the meaning of grit in OT win

Saturday, 01.21.2012 / 4:02 PM

2011-12 Game No. 46; Road Game No. 25 Rangers' Record: 30-12-4
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Marian Gaborik scored twice, the second on a third-try backhander with 3.6 seconds left in overtime, and the Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Saturday in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Rangers. Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for the Bruins, who played most of the overtime down a man, 4-on-3, after Andrew Ference drew a five-minute major for driving defenseman Ryan McDonagh into the boards and was ejected.

It looked as though the Bruins might make it to a shootout. As the Rangers pressured in the final seconds, Rask saved a shot from Callahan and then knocked away a backhander from Brad Richards with his glove. But Gaborik put in the rebound.

Ference was given a game misconduct for charging with 3:10 left in overtime when he hit McDonagh from behind and sent him crashing into the boards behind the Rangers net. McDonagh was tended to by the medical staff and slowly made his way off the ice.

That left the Rangers with a man advantage for the rest of the way. Boston managed to ice the puck repeatedly, but the Bruins needed to clear the zone one more time.

The Rangers took the lead 91 seconds into the second period when Callahan came out of the penalty box, skated across the ice and down the left boards where he took the pass and wristed the puck into the net. Boston tied it on a goal by Ference.

The Rangers went on top again when Carl Hagelin's pass deflected off Dennis Seidenberg and, with the puck still bouncing, Gaborik chipped it into the net. With 49 seconds left in the second period, Adam McQuaid picked the puck out of the air, settled it on his stick and shot it in off McDonagh's leg to tie it 2-all.
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STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Bruins to three games and have won seven of their last nine meetings, including four of the last five at Boston. Fifteen of the last 18 Rangers-Bruins games have been decided by one goal, including six games that required extra time and five that went to the shootout, dating back to March 24, 2007. The Rangers are 9-4-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Gaborik 2. Callahan 3. Lundqvist


THE BIGGER PICTURE
Much like the Winter Classic, the Rangers went into a highly-anticipated and much talked-about game and came away with a dramatic win. That bodes very well for a run deep into this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, when every game is essentially like this one.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (33:31)
Shots -- Richards, Callahan (6)
Hits -- Prust, Callahan (6)
Blocks -- McDonagh (7)
Takeaways -- Stepan (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (19)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT BOSTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Brad Richards Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp Artem Anisimov John Mitchell
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Dubinsky, Boyle, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Artem Anisimov Ryan Callahan
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Staal/McDonagh Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Staal/Del Zotto Anton Stralman
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