The Rangers' Alexis Lafrenière celebrates with teammates after scoring in...

The Rangers' Alexis Lafrenière celebrates with teammates after scoring in overtime of an NHL preseason game against the Bruins on Saturday in Boston. Credit: AP/Michael Dwyer

Even though it is still the preseason, Gerard Gallant needed to see a better effort from the Rangers Saturday than he saw in New Jersey Friday night, when the Rangers were non-competitive in a 7-1 loss to the Devils.

"You're not happy about it,’’ Gallant said Saturday morning of Friday’s loss. "I mean nobody was happy about it last night after the game was over. But, it's preseason. You’ve got to move on, you got to get ready for the important date, the first game against Washington (Oct. 13) … Hopefully you get better from that.’’

Gallant got the improved effort he was hoping for as the Rangers beat the Bruins twice Saturday, first winning in overtime, 4-3, on Alexis Lafreniere’s unassisted goal at 1:38 of the 3-on-3 extra period, and then winning a shootout that the teams had agreed beforehand to play, regardless of the overtime outcome.

Kevin Rooney, who scored a shorthanded goal on a penalty shot at 11:05 of the third to tie the score at 3-3 and force overtime, and Sammy Blais, whose power-play deflection goal had gotten the Rangers to within 3-2 at 19:09 of the first period, each scored in the shootout for the Rangers, and Tyler Wall made the final save in the tiebreaker to seal the result.

The Rangers fell behind, 3-1 early, as each member of Boston’s Perfection Line – David Pastrnak (power play), Patrice Bergeron (even strength) and Brad Marchand (shorthanded) – scored for the Bruins. Ryan Strome, playing without his usual left wing, Artemi Panarin, and instead skating between Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko, scored his first goal of the preseason for the Rangers.

But then Blais deflected in a shot from defenseman Nils Lundkvist (two assists) and Rooney tied it to force the overtime.

With the win, the Rangers evened their preseason record to 2-2. The team will be off Sunday and practice Monday and Tuesday in Rhode Island, before playing again on Wednesday against the Devils.

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