While much of the sports world was watching college football Monday night, the Rangers played their best game in weeks, coming from behind to beat the Bruins, 2-1 at The Garden. Jesper Fast‘s goal with 1:42 to play was the game-winner, and Henrik Lundqvist was super-sharp, making 32 saves for his 19th win of the season.
A clutch win over an Eastern Conference foe, and the continuation of a more positive stretch for the Blueshirts. They are 4-2-1 in the their last seven games.
The Rangers trailed 1-0 at the start of the 3rd period, but Derick Brassard, off a pass from Mats Zuccarello, tied the game just 35 seconds in, Brassard’s 15th of the season. Then, more than 17 minutes later, Fast deftly deflected a Keith Yandle shot that was going wide of the net past Tuukka Rask.
It was the first time this season that the Rangers won a game that they were trailing at the end of two periods.
The Rangers [now 23-14-5, 51 pts] play Thursday night against the Islanders at the Barclay Center. In their only other meeting this season, the Islanders beat the Blueshirts in a shootout, 2-1, December 2nd,