Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Rangers 2, Bruins 0 after first period in Boston
A very solid first period for the Rangers---who refused to be intimidated by the Bruins and kept the puck away form the high slot---ended at 2-0. Ryan McDonagh threw a shot from the left point on net that banked in off Zdeno Chara with 11.8 seconds left for his second goal in two games.
Ryan Callahan had tied his career high in goals with 23 on a power play at 10:09. Chara was in the box for delay of game---falling behind the net and closing his hand on the puck---when Michael Del Zotto saw Callahan in front.
The defenseman made a mirror-image pass of the one he made against Washington on Sunday and Callahan converted for the team’s fifth power play goals in three games. Marian Gaborik, who turned 30 today, collected the other assist. Shots ended 12-10 for the Rangers, who also outhit the Bruins 16-11.
Callahan has six goals in the last four games. He also double-shifted on the fourth line, in place of Stu Bickel, as did Gaborik. Bickel played 1:30.