Brad Marchand scored 36 seconds into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in the opener of a two-game set at Madison Square Garden.
Brad Marchand beat goalie Alexandar Georgiev with a nifty forehand-backhand maneuver. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy broke up an odd-man rush and set up Marchand UFA.
“You have to take chances at times,” Tuukka Rask said about the 3-on-3 overtime. “Smart players make smart plays and I think that was the case.”
Julien Gauthier — with his first NHL goal — and Kevin Rooney scored for New York, Brendan Lemieux had two assists and Georgiev stopped 29 shots. The Rangers have lost two in a row.
“The way we kind of measure our game is how fast we play, the way we pressure, the way we forecheck,” Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said after his goal drought extended to nine games.” The teams will meet again Friday night.
“I thought (Georgiev) was really good laterally reading plays, square to the puck,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “The second period we were fortunate to get out of there 1-1. He was huge on the penalty kill in the second period.
They had some Grade A bell ringers that he made some great side to side saves on. If you’re going to kill penalties against that team your goalie better be pretty good and he certainly was good.”
Rooney evened it at 2 midway through the third, less than three minutes after Bjork gave the Bruins the lead. Rooney buried a loose puck at the side of the net after Lemieux redirected a shot from Ryan Lindgren.
Wagner tied it at 1 with a short-handed goal midway through the second period. Gauthier opened the scoring in the first.