The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers last met in the playoffs in 1973. The rivalry runs deep as two of the Original Six teams, which means this series is more intense. Game 1 did not let down the fans and the Bruins win 3-2 in overtime to take a 1-0 series lead.
There were no goals in the first period and the Bruins struck first in the second period. Zdeno Chara scored on a slap shot 12:23 into the period, ending Lundqvist’s shutout streak at 152:23; he shutout the Washington Capitals in Games 6 and 7 in the first round. Ironically it was a fluke goal. The puck ended up behind him and he knocked it over the goal line when he tried to cover it. However, the Rangers had the last word. Ryan McDonagh made it 1-1 with 1.3 seconds left in the period.
The Rangers did not lose the drive and scored 14 seconds in the third with a goal by Derek Stepan. But Steve Eminger was called for a holding penalty a minute later, giving the Bruins a power play. Rookie Torey Krug, playing in his first Stanley Cup Playoff game, scored the power play goal to tie the game.
Brad Marchand scored 15:40 into overtime from a pass by Patrice Bergeron, who scored the overtime winning goal in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins received a power play 2:20 into overtime, but even though they got many excellent shots on goal and kept the puck in the zone for the full two minutes, goalie Henrik Lundqvist kept the Rangers alive for a little longer by stopping all seven shots.
Game 2 is Sunday at 3PM ET on NBC at TD Garden in Boston.