Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who played their first game in Boston since the Bruins eliminated them in the playoffs.
Having dropped eight of their last ten games, the New York Islanders are officially in trouble.
Nabokov was assisted by a trainer in the crease before getting up on his skates and gingerly skating off.
Derek Stepan scored his first three goals of the season, and Carl Hagelin added his first two as the New York Rangers’ had their best offensive output of the season in a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots and James Wisniewski had a goal and two assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 victory.
Rangers assign forward Darroll Powe and goaltender Jason Missiaen to Hartford.
Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
The Islanders and goalie Evgeni Nabokov seemed to be in complete control before Mark Letestu and Nick Foligno scored 4:19 apart to get even at 2-2 after the Blue Jackets managed only 12 shots in the first two periods.
Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four NHL seasons. He had 28 goals — third most in the league.
Matteau briefly made the jump from junior hockey to the big league last season, earning a spot on the roster coming out of training camp.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to even up the Eastern Conference Finals when they take the ice for Game 2 tonight against the Boston Bruins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are halfway to the ultimate goal of hoisting the Stanley Cup, but before they get to that point, they have to go through the Boston Bruins.
Jarome Iginla and James Neal each scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Ottawa Senators 7-3 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in earning his seventh NHL playoff shutout, and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for the New York Rangers, who stayed alive with a 1-0 victory.
Brooks Orpik scored 7:49 into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders in Game 6, 4-3 and won the series 4-2.