Boston Bruins v New York Rangers

East update: Rangers storm back from 3-0 deficit for shocking win against Bruins

Eastern Conference

x-1. Philadelphia 103 pts (3 GR)
x-2. Washington – 103 pts (3 GR)
y-3. Boston – 99 pts (3 GR)
x-4. Pittsburgh – 100 pts (3 GR)
x-5. Tampa Bay – 99 pts (3 GR)
6. Montreal – 91 pts (3 GR)
7. NY Rangers – 91 pts (2 GR)
8. Buffalo – 90 pts (3 GR)
9. Carolina – 87 pts (3 GR)
10. Toronto – 84 pts (3 GR)

y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

NY Rangers 5, Boston 3

After the first period, the New York Rangers looked like they might sleepwalk to a compromising defeat. Yet by the end of this game, it was the Boston Bruins who were left Madison Square Garden wondering what exactly happened to their game.

The Rangers were down 3-0 in the middle of the second period thanks in large part to a flat start, but this scrappy bunch of overachievers simply refused to give up. New York scored five unanswered goals to win the game, including three tallies during a three minute frenzy in the third period.

It might be an understatement to say that it was a raucous scene at MSG as the Rangers scored some goals that Bruins goalie Tim Thomas hopes to forget.

Vinny Prospal and Wojtek Wolski were unlikely heroes for the Rangers, as Propsal scored their first two goals while Wolski provided those primary assists. Brandon Dubinsky began that three-goal flurry, but it was Mike Sauer’s trickling goal that won the game and dropped a few jaws in the process. Derek Stepan put the cherry on top with an empty-net goal, leaving the Bruins powerless to stop the amazing momentum built up by the Rangers.

While this game won’t be part of the Vezina Trophy nominee highlight reel for Thomas, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 out of 30 shots for his 35th win of the 2010-11 season.

This win doesn’t clinch a playoff berth for the Rangers, but gutting out all four points in a tough back-to-back duo of contests leaves New York in seventh place with 91 points and two games left. The Buffalo Sabres are just behind them at eighth with 90 points and three games remaining, while the Carolina Hurricanes now need help to make it to the postseason. (Carolina has 87 points with three games left.)

If you’re a hopeful Toronto Maple Leafs fan, the news isn’t great. The Sabres only need one point to eliminate the Leafs from playoff contention, while the Rangers already have one more point than Toronto’s maximum season total of 90.

Kane scores OT-winner, caps Islanders’ bumpy start in Brooklyn

Patrick Kane

On paper, it’s the perfect way to kick off meaningful hockey in Brooklyn, as the New York Islanders faced the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

In reality, there were some highs and lows, culminating with Patrick Kane scoring a power-play overtime-winner to give Chicago a 3-2 (OT) win.

The Barclays Center crowd was going to be a big part of the story one way or another, but even by building-opening standards, the audience made some waves.

Indeed, Kane was greeted with some jeers during his first road appearance of the 2015-16 season, though he didn’t sound surprised.

(There were other controversial chants, apparently.)

Speaking of the crowd, it may not have been the greatest turnout:

ESPN goes way, way in depth on how the change of locale was received, by the way.

It wasn’t a perfect night inside the rink, either, as there weren’t exactly rave reviews about ice quality. New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple compared the ice to a “slushy” and “soup,” with an anonymous Islander (or Islanders) describing the conditions as “awful.”

Kane was pretty diplomatic about it, for what it’s worth.


So, no, it was not a perfect night for the Islanders.

They probably envisioned a teeming, perfectly mannered crowd. Management likely expected Jaroslav Halak to be in net, too.

Sometimes breaking ground is often about overcoming those early stumbles, though, and maybe the best review is to parallel the on-ice results: the Isles at least got a point out of it.

Let’s not forget that there are some cool perks that come with this situation, even if the specifics may vary.

If you want even more information/photos/etc., you’d probably do well to check out #IslesOpeningNight.

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.