The last time the Rangers and Bruins played an overtime game in the postseason was March 27, 1958, which the Bruins won, 4-3. They are 1-5 in all-time in overtime against the Bruins in the postseason.
Game 1 Woes
With Thursday night’s loss, the Rangers are 3-5 with, including two overtime losses, in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins in seven series (the first two series between the two teams were decided on total goals.)
With Game 1’s one-goal difference, 20 of the last 25 Rangers-Bruins games have been decided by one goal, with eight needing overtime.
The Rangers scored two goals in a span of 16 seconds Thursday night in Game 1. McDonagh’s goal came at 19:58 of the second period, while Stepan’s came at 0:14 of the third.
The Rangers blocked 29 shots Thursday, led by Dan Girardi’s team-high five. Girardi is second in the NHL with 29 blocks, just three behind Boston’s Johnny Boychuk, who has 32. As a team, the Rangers are first in blocks by more than 50.