- Pavel Zacha (8) Assists: David Krejci (25)
- Patrice Bergeron (17) Assists: Brad Marchand (27), Craig Smith (5)
- Connor Clifton (4) Assists: Brad Marchand (28), David Krejci (26)
- Ben Harpur (1) Assists: Alexis Lafreniere (14), Braden Schneider (6)
- The Bruins showed why they are the best team in the league. The Rangers had some chances and the game was close on the scoreboard, but it always felt like the Bruins were fully in control of the game. The Rangers didn’t play poorly, they made some costly mistakes but they weren’t blown out of the building. The Bruins just played like they have all season.
- The Bruins are just so in sync with everything they do, it all looks so easy and everything the Rangers do is fractured, broken up and seems so hard. Even when the Rangers were pressuring late, the Bruins just seemed so calm, so structured and as if they weren’t worried at all.
- The Rangers did have some big chances and Jeremy Swayman made all the saves until Ben Harpur got one through in the third.
- The Bruins have the best PK in the league, the Rangers did have a couple of chances and it was Chris Kreider’s first game back, but the top PP unit has been very disappointing the last little while. Gerard Gallant is reluctant to make changes, but something needs to jolt the PP back on track.
- The Bruins, like Tampa last year, show what the Rangers still need to get to with consistency and an overall team infrastructure. A lot of that comes from a core staying together over many different playoff runs and setting a tone and level of buy-in that is needed, but these are all games that the Rangers need to take things from.
- The Bruins, and the Lightning, know when to simplify things and play a smart and efficient game. One of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest reason, for the Rangers turnaround over the last 6-7 weeks has been managing the puck better, limiting turnovers and not forcing plays. The Rangers will hit the next level they need to get to when they can do, or in some cases not do, those things for 60 minutes game in and game out.
- The Rangers get the weekend off from games and return for three games next week before the All-Star break. Florida on Monday, a trip to Toronto on Wednesday and Vegas next Friday.