BOSTON---All season, the Rangers have bounced back after losses, and falling to Pittsburgh 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday set the stage for a rebound. But coming into Boston was a formidable task.
““It was a great challenge. When you play them, it’s all about battle level.”
said Lundqvist, who won his 21st game of the season and is 17-5-2 in his career against the Bruins. “I think we answered really well.”
Lundqvist, who made 32 saves, also had a birds-eye view of Andrew Ference’s hit on Ryan McDonagh that drew a five-minute major and game misconduct in overtime. “I was surprised he kept coming,” he said. An angry Lundqvist, who rarely curses, uncharacteristically went towards the immediate scrum as the officials tried to keep the players apart. “I was saying some things to a lot of people,” he said.
In a side note, Lundqvist was named as an assist captain on Team Alfredsson for the All-Star Game on Jan. 29 in Ottawa.
The power play was 0-for-16 before Gaborik’s game winner…The workhorse defensemen, Dan Girardi and Mc Donagh, played 33:31 and 32:04 respectively….Girardi’s assist on Gaborik’s first goal was the 100th of his career…Artem Anisimov, who was shaken up in a third period spill, said he was fine….Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards led the Rangers with six shots each…D Stu Bickel played sparingly again, just 4:27, with coach John Tortorella using mostly five defensemen….The Rangers blocked 22 shots to the Bruins 14… The Bruins, who lead the league in penalty minutes, had 11 before the Ference incident…Bruins C Marc Savard, who was selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 1995 draft and scored 54 points in 98 games before being traded to Calgary in 1999, has been sidelined since last Jan. 23 with concussion symptoms and is still experiencing some, he said before the game.