- David Pastrnak (8) Assists: Taylor Hall (3)
- Jimmy Vesey (1) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (8), Kaapo Kakko (2)
- Charlie Coyle (5) Assists: Hampus Lindholm (9), Nick Foligno (3)
- Adam Fox (3) Assists: Chris Kreider (5), Kaapo Kakko (3)
- Trent Frederic (2) Assists: Nick Foligno (4), Connor Clifton (5)
- Jake DeBrusk (4) Assists: Pavel Zacha (5), Taylor Hall (4)
- For a lot of this game, we saw why the Bruins are now 10-1. They kept the puck, created chances, and were stout defensively. They did that in the first and third, but the Rangers were terrific in the second period and were the ones with the puck and creating chances. They didn’t do it enough or Boston didn’t let them do it enough and that is why they were on the short end of the scoreboard.
- The injury to Ryan Lindgren was huge and we saw a lot of Zac Jones tonight. He looked like Zac Jones, nifty with the puck and some struggles away from the puck and defending. They didn’t really have a choice, unless they wanted to break up K’Andre Miller and Jacob Trouba or shift Braden Schneider to the left side, other than to put Jones up with Adam Fox, but that was a pairing of two smallish offensive defensemen.
- I don’t think that the Rangers were necessarily tired in this game, but it seemed like all the heavy minutes that the top players have been logging lately was catching up. They weren’t as sharp, lost a few battles and then ultimately the game. Not playing again until Sunday should be a nice time to reset.
- Igor Shesterkin was good for a lot of this game, the Pastrnak goal was questionable, but he didn’t get much help in the third period. Having two days off may mean that they go back to him on Sunday, but at some point Jaro Halak has to play. I’d give him Sunday against Detroit and then either Nashville or Arizona next weekend.
- Next up is Andrew Copp returning to MSG on Sunday with the Red Wings.