Jan. 19 at TD Garden — Bruins 3, Rangers 1
In their season opener, the Bruins held the Rangers to 21 shots on net and scored three times against nemesis Henrik Lundqvist. Milan Lucic opened the scoring at 14:14 of the first period and Tuukka Rask made 20 saves. “I liked our effort tonight,’’ coach Claude Julien said. “The guys seems to be pretty focused.’’
Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden — Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (OT)
Marian Gaborik had the hat trick, including the winner, playing on a newly formed power line with Rick Nash and Brad Richards. Gaborik scored two goals 2 minutes and 13 seconds apart in the first period and went to work quickly in overtime, scoring 27 seconds in. “It was a good game for us,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “We’re still a pretty sloppy hockey team, and I think it’s going to be that way for a bit.” Gaborik was shipped out at the April trade deadline to Columbus.
Feb. 12 at TD Garden — Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (SO)
The Rangers blew a 3-0 lead but Lundqvist stopped three of four Bruins attempts in the shootout and Ryan Callahan won it on the Rangers’ fourth attempt. Foreshadowing a certain playoff comeback, Boston scored twice in the final 91 seconds (Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand) after pulling Tuukka Rask. “We kind of dug ourselves a hole of our own doing,” observed Julien, “but at the same time, you have to appreciate that we never gave up.” You can say that again.