The evening started with the Bruins, who have clinched the Northeast Division, dominating. They outshot the Rangers 19-5 in the first period and took a two-goal lead as the jacked-up, noisy crowd was quieted and scattered boos followed the Blueshirts off the ice at the end of 20 minutes.
The Rangers lost Dan Girardi, who leads the team in blocked shots, for part of the first after a Zdeno Chara blast at 6:30 crumpled his leg after a hit in the corner that bloodied his nose.
With Girardi off, Henrik Lundqvist stopped Dan Paille off a rush, but the defense scrambled and couldn’t clear the puck, which Paille deposited at 15:16. An angered Lundqvist fired the puck off the glass immediately afterward. Nathan Horton chipped in a rebound over Lundqvist’s glove at 16:53.
Neither team scored on a power play, the first when Marc Staal was off for a slash and later, at 10:15, when Patrice Bergeron tripped Steve Eminger. The Rangers had their first two shots on Thomas, by Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan, with that man-advantage.

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