NY Rangers 5, Boston 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden, NYC
NEW YORK — (Wire Service Report) – Through 20 minutes, the New York Rangers were down two goals to the Boston Bruins, who had the fresher legs despite playing the night before. It didn’t seem to make sense, as the Bruins were blanking the Rangers with rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre making his first NHL start.
Forty minutes and five unanswered goals later, the scoreboard made more sense.
The Rangers scored five goals over 14 minutes across the second and third periods and pulled away late in a 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Left winger Brandon Pirri scored twice, the Rangers converted twice on the power play and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist righted himself over the final two periods and stopped 27 shots.
“I think we just felt like we could turn it around,” Lundqvist said. “We showed it to ourselves so many times this season so we didn’t panic. I’m just happy with the way we responded — with the way I responded after that start.”
Bruins right winger David Pastrnak put his team ahead 1-0 just 10 seconds into the contest when he slipped behind the defense and stashed a shot between Lundqvist’s legs. Center Austin Czarnik scored his first career goal with 5:16 remaining in the period to put the depleted Bruins ahead 2-0.
Playing without their top two goaltenders — Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin — the Bruins were relying on Zane McIntyre one night after Malcolm Subban was yanked during the second period from his start against the Minnesota Wild. McIntyre was sharp in the first period, stopping a pair of breakaways, but crumbled in the second period as he allowed three goals on 14 shots, including a game-tying goal by center Kevin Hayes that was banked off his backside with 3:25 remaining.
Pirri’s power-play goal with 35.4 seconds to go in the period put the Rangers ahead 3-2, then Pirri and left winger Jimmy Vesey scored 33 seconds apart early in the third period to put the game away.
The Bruins took four consecutive minor penalties in the second period and weren’t able to recover.
“Last two nights, we played well in the first and haven’t been able to continue that,” Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said. “I think we started off well in the second period but the penalties got away and our discipline wasn’t there. If you give a skilled team like that too many power plays, they’re going to score.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t hang the blame entirely on his inexperienced goaltender.
“I thought he made some real good saves early in the game,” Julien said. “In the first half, he was really good. But there were some tough goals that went in on him. I’m not saying it’s his fault.”