The Rangers played like a group of brainless zombies Thursday night, only lacking a lust for flesh — or in their case a lust for goals.
Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams.
This series is going to be won in the corners and the dirty areas of the ice. It will be a grind-it-out kind of series that will have John Tortorella’s men licking their chops.
A win for the Bruins would have been an uplifting end to the city’s emotional return to major sports after the Boston Marathon bombing. Simply playing the game — and singing the national anthem — was good enough.
Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov was suspended for four games by the NHL for elbowing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the head.
Brad Marchand scored the decisive shootout goal after teammate Nathan Horton forced overtime late in the third period as the Boston Bruins rallied to beat the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, on Tuesday night.
The Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 of the finals on Wednesday night.
Milan Lucic scored two goals and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves to lift the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
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