Callahan delivers as Rangers prevail in OT shootout

BlueshirtsUnited.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

By Jim Cerny, BlueshirtsUnited.com

The Rangers won their third straight game Tuesday night, but the victory came in far from conventional fashion. New York blew a three-goal third period lead, but came away with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden when Ryan Callahan beat Tuukka Rask in the fourth round of the shootout to send the visitors home victorious.

The Rangers seemingly-safe 3-0 third period lead was cut to 3-1 on a David Krejci goal at 8:44. Then with Rask pulled for a sixth attacker, Boston scored twice off scrambles in a span of 48 seconds to shockingly force overtime. Nathan Horton scored at 18:29, before Brad Marchand tied it with 42.3 seconds to play.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was spectacular much of the night and finished with a season-high 37 saves, regrouped and made four big saves in the five-minute overtime and then stopped three of four shooters in the shootout to backstop the Rangers season-high third consecutive win.

After Rick Nash scored in Round Two of the shootout to give the Rangers a 1-0 advantage, Marchand blasted a forehand shot past Lundqvist in the third round to keep the Bruins alive. Lundqvist bounced back to stuff Krejci with a right-pad save in Round Four before Callahan hammered a slap shot past Rask to ensure the Rangers a two-point night.

The victory pushed the Rangers (7-5-0) two games over the .500 mark for the first time this season. They have won both of their overtime games this season---ironically each coming against the Bruins.

With Boston outshooting New York 9-2 and outchancing them by a sizeable margin early in the first period, Lundqvist was the difference, keeping the game scoreless until Nash and Carl Hagelin teamed up on a gorgeous goal at 10:37 to give the visitors the lead. Nash caught a Dan Girardi pass in stride at the Bruins blueline, bulled to the net, and while falling down made a perfect pass to an open Hagelin on left wing. With Rask pulled out of position by Nash, Hagelin slid the puck into the gaping cage for his fourth goal of the season---and third in the past two games---to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

Lundqvist finished that first period with 11 saves, and he added another 12 in the second period---including a sensational right-pad stop on Patrice Bergeron's shorthanded breakaway in the final minute of the middle stanza---as the Rangers doubled their advantage to carry a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.

Derek Stepan scored the second Rangers' goal, intercepting a Milan Lucic pass at center ice and then streaking into the Boston zone where his left wing shot eluded Rask at 8:17 for his second goal of the season---and first point in four games.

The Rangers bridged the latter stages of the second period and early portions of the third with 1:18 worth of a 5-on-3 power play. However the Bruins---who own the league's No. 1 ranked penalty kill---successfully killed the penalties to Lucic and Marchand; but before Boston could gain any momentum from the kills, Anton Stralman scored a clutch goal 2:07 into the third period to boost the Rangers lead to 3-0.

Stralman was able to beat Rask from right wing on a wrist shot inside the far post for his first goal of the season, and first in 40 regular season games dating back to January 31, 2012. The score proved to be hugely important as David Krejci ruined Lundqvist's shutout bid at 8:44, potting his fourth goal after Lundqvist made a lunging toe save on Dennis Seidenberg's blast. Krejci's goal came one second after the Rangers had killed off a Nash hooking penalty and trimmed the visitors' lead to 3-1. And then the Bruins scored their pair with Rask pulled for the extra attacker, sending the game to overtime, making Stralman's goal even that much more important.

Though they won't gain many style points from this win, the Rangers now head back to New York for a three-game homestand which begins Thursday night with a tilt against the Islanders.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:37NYR Carl Hagelin (4) ASST: Rick Nash (7), Dan Girardi (5) 1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
08:17NYR Derek Stepan (2) ASST: NONE 2 - 0 NYR
3rd Period
02:07NYR Anton Stralman (1) ASST: NONE 3 - 0 NYR
08:44BOS David Krejci (4) ASST: Milan Lucic (4), Dennis Seidenberg (2) 3 - 1 NYR
18:29BOS Nathan Horton (4) ASST: Milan Lucic (5), Andrew Ference (3) 3 - 2 NYR
19:17BOS Brad Marchand (7) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (5), Dennis Seidenberg (3) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1BOSTyler Seguin - Save
2NYRMarian Gaborik - Save
3BOSPatrice Bergeron - Save
4NYRRick Nash - Goal
5BOSBrad Marchand - Goal
6NYRBrad Richards - Save
7BOSDavid Krejci - Save
8NYRRyan Callahan - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDBoston BruinsNew York Rangers
1Tyler SeguinMarian Gaborik
2Patrice BergeronRick Nash
3Brad MarchandBrad Richards
4David KrejciRyan Callahan
Three Stars of the Game
Rick Nash
Rick Nash
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 20:47
David Krejci
David Krejci
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:05
Dan Girardi
Dan Girardi
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 28:46
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:03NYR Darroll Powe  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
03:45BOS Tyler Seguin  Hooking against  Derek Stepan
14:47BOS Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  J.T. Miller
2nd Period
04:10NYR J.T. Miller  Too many men/ice - bench
08:31NYR Marc Staal  Interference against  Patrice Bergeron
19:02BOS Milan Lucic  Hi-sticking against  Ryan McDonagh
19:45BOS Brad Marchand  Cross checking against  Brad Richards
3rd Period
06:43NYR Rick Nash  Hooking against  Milan Lucic
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/4
Faceoff Wins2737
Blocked Shots259
Penalty Minutes88
4M. Del ZottoD0001015:30
5D. GirardiD0113028:46
6A. StralmanD10-13017:56
8D. PoweC00-11212:00
10M. GaborikR0004018:17
14T. PyattL0011013:12
15J. HalpernC00-10012:07
18M. StaalD00-10226:58
19B. RichardsC0001019:19
20C. KreiderL001109:40
21D. StepanC10-13025:14
24R. CallahanR0004019:25
27R. McDonaghD0011029:39
45A. AshamR000109:02
47J. MillerC0010012:24
61R. NashL01-13220:47
62C. HagelinL1011015:20
97M. GilroyD000104:16
30H. Lundqvist3740.92564:28
11G. CampbellC0002012:35
17M. LucicL02-11219:22
18N. HortonR1012019:58
19T. SeguinC0013217:40
20D. PailleL00-11011:36
21A. FerenceD01-14016:50
22S. ThorntonL000105:48
23C. KellyC0000015:16
27D. HamiltonD00-12020:04
33Z. CharaD0004026:41
37P. BergeronC0113019:54
44D. SeidenbergD0224026:52
46D. KrejciC1005021:05
48C. BourqueL0002010:31
49R. PeverleyC0011016:06
54A. McQuaidD00-11212:46
55J. BoychukD0002018:50
63B. MarchandL1012218:57
40T. Rask2629.89763:29