Rangers beat Bruins in SO despite blowing 3-0 lead
BOSTON (AP) — Twice already in this young and lockout-shortened season the New York Rangers have blown multigoal leads to Boston.
Twice they have been lucky to come away with a win.
Ryan Callahan scored on the fourth shootout attempt and the Rangers recovered after blowing a three-goal, third-period lead to beat the Bruins 4-3.
"We have to learn from it," Callahan said. "But at the same time we showed some character in not giving up and not folding the tent in overtime."
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 shots, plus three of the four attempts in the shootout to give the Rangers their fourth win in five games. Carl Hagelin scored for the second straight game, and Derek Stepan and Anton Stralman each added an unassisted goal for the Rangers.
"I think we played a great game," said Rick Nash, who had an assist to set up Hagelin's goal and scored in the shootout. "There was a little 12-minute stretch there where we kind of sat back, but you've got to give credit to them: They played desperate. They came out hard, and their chances paid off, but we got the two points and that's what we're happy with."
Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for the Bruins, who have three losses this season and two of them are to the Rangers. On Jan. 23, New York beat Boston 4-3 in overtime after blowing a 2-0 lead.
David Krejci made it 3-1 with 11 minutes left. With Rask off for an extra skated, Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand scored in the final 91 seconds to send the game into overtime.
"We kind of dug ourselves a hole of our own doing, but at the same time you have to appreciate that we never gave up," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "I don't think we're going to get carried away thinking this was a great situation."