BOSTON----Make that 0-1.
In a 48-game season where points will be at a premium, the Rangers came up empty here Saturday night, falling to the amped-up Bruins 3-1 before a crowd of 17,565.
Pessimists will note that the Rangers lost to the Kings, 3-2 in OT in last season’s opener, but garnered a point.
Listen up. They were rusty.
The Bruins are still really good, especially at home. They had Friday off. They played a game against AHL Providence. They had a dozen players competing in Europe. They are the odds-on favorite to win the Northeast.
Sure, there are Ranger issues. Oh, those nine penalties. The 0-for-4 PP. Just 21 shots.
But back away from the ledge. Rick Nash showed some flashes. He went hard to the net, got a point. Thomas Vokoun is expected in net for the Pens Sunday. The Rangers will be pumped at the Garden, like the supportive atmosphere here.
Chris Kreider will be better, too…..