Pavel Buchnevich and Brandon Carlo get in a tussle in the Boston Bruins 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers.
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The New York Rangers hung tough with the best team in the NHL but eventually dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Boston Bruins.

  • New York Rangers 3 (12-9-2, 26 pts)
  • Boston Bruins 2 (17-3-5, 39 pts)
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  • TD Garden, Boston, MA

The New York Rangers were right there. On national TV for the entire hockey world to see, a second-period two-goal lead wasn’t enough in Boston as the Bruins took a 3-2 overtime win on the strength of a David Krejci tally.

David Pasternak undressed Pavel Buchnevich, drew Henrik Lundqvist to the post only to find Krejci for a wide-open opportunity he didn’t miss.

The point is nice (overtime loss), but David Quinn’s team has to be kicking itself. The aforementioned Buchnevich struck first, tallying fifth of the season at the 14:14 mark of the opening frame.

The goal came just after the power-play expired, one generated on the strength of a Sean Kuraly tripping penalty.

Then, New York made it 2-0. Filip Chytil cashed in on a rebound chance in the second period.

From there, the best team in the NHL (statistically) took command.

Kuraly made up for his costly error early on with his second of the campaign late in the second period.

The Bruins pressed, but Lundqvist stood his ground. Eventually, however, that Pastrnak guy did it again, this time tallying the game-tying goal on a nifty Jake DeBrusk pass.

New York had its shot to pick up the game-decider late in the third period when Par Lindholm was tagged with a double-minor for high-sticking, but it couldn’t cash in. With Brendan Smith already in the box, the double-minor allowed just 2:23 of power-play time.

The Rangers outshot the Bruins, 28-27. Lundqvist stopped 24 of 27 Boston shots while Jaroslav Halak picks up the victory after stopping 25 shots.

Next up for the Rangers will be the New Jersey Devils at The Rock for a Saturday afternoon matinee. The puck drops at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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