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Goalie milestones in reach as Bruins, Rangers tangle
New York Rangers at Boston Bruins
- The Bruins' 6-1 win at Madison Square Garden last February 7 snapped the Rangers' seven-game winning streak in the series -- this was NYR's second-longest winning streak ever against Boston (they had an eight-game streak between 2005 and 2007). The Rangers have won three straight games in Boston.
- Since Christmas, the Rangers are 5-0-0 when allowing three goals or fewer, and 0-6-1 when they surrender at least four goals. They have allowed 10 goals in their five wins in that span, compared to 37 in their seven defeats.
- The Bruins are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, with special teams at the root of their success. Boston has scored 11 power-play goals in that span (11-for-33, 33.3 percent) while yielding only two man-advantage goals (killed 23 of 25 opponent power plays, 92.0 percent).
- As a member of the Ottawa Senators, Mika Zibanejad scored goals in each of his last four games against the Bruins. Since being dealt to the Rangers, Zibanejad has faced Boston five times without scoring a goal. Zibanejad has four goals and is a minus-18 on the road in 2018-19 (11 goals, plus-8 at home).
- Boston got goals from five different players in Thursday's 5-2 over the Blues. Leading score David Pastrnak was held without a point; the Bruins entered the games 5-9-3 this season when Pastrnak failed to record a point.
- With 252 career wins, Boston's Tuukka Rask is tied with Tiny Thompson for the franchise's all-time lead. Henrik Lundqvist is NYR's all-time leader with 445 victories -- 144 above the Rangers' No. 2 total (Mike Richter -- 301).
- Sens hire ex-Leafs asst. Smith as coach
- Isles sign C Nelson for 6 years, $36M
- Marchand avoids injury in scrimmage
- Arbitrator upholds Voynov's suspension
- Pens re-sign D Ruhwedel to 2-year deal
A pair of former Vezina Trophy winners could be in line to add another honor to their impressive resumes on Saturday when Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.
Should they get the start at TD Garden, Rask will look to become the Bruins' all-time winningest goaltender, while Lundqvist would have the opportunity to take sole possession of sixth place on the NHL victories list.
Saturday's contest also represents the final game for both teams before they hit their league-mandated break. Boston (27-16-5) and New York (20-20-7) return to game action on Jan. 29.
Rask recorded his 252nd career victory to tie Cecil "Tiny" Thompson following a 28-save performance in the Bruins' 5-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday.
"Yeah, I mean, it's an Original Six franchise," said Rask, the 2014 Vezina Trophy recipient. "I've had the luxury to be here for many, many years, so obviously it means a lot, but many more to come hopefully."
Rask has allowed just 12 goals during a sizzling 6-0-1 stretch. The 31-year-old Finn owns a 9-8-4 mark with two shutouts, a 2.32 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 22 career starts versus the Rangers.
Lundqvist answered a difficult start to the calendar year in which he permitted 15 goals in three losses by yielding a total of five in back-to-back wins over Carolina and Chicago. The 36-year-old Swede turned aside 24 shots in Thursday's 4-3 win over Blackhawks, recording his 445th win to tie with Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk.
"It's an honor to be up there, getting closer and closer to and already passing names that meant a lot to me growing up," said Lundqvist, who won the 2012 Vezina Trophy. "It's a very cool feeling."
Lundqvist won two of three encounters with the Bruins last season to improve his mark to 27-13-2 with six shutouts in 42 career meetings with the club.
The veteran netminder will need to keep an eye of David Krejci, who is riding a five-game point streak (three goals, four assists) after setting up three goals against the Blues. Defenseman Torey Krug has collected 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in his last 10 contests, during which the Bruins have posted a 7-2-1 record.
Rask, or backup Jaroslav Halak, may need to keep tabs on the impressive line of Chris Kreider-Mika-Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello, which has registered 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the past two games. All three members of the line scored in New York's win over Chicago.
"I think Zuc's really been the guy that's changed the complexion of that line," Rangers coach David Quinn said.
"His last two weeks he's been dynamite, just playing the way he's capable of playing. His energy is back. Really, I think he's been the reason that line has kind of taken a turn and been as dominant as it has been -- obviously Mika and Kreids have played really well too, but I think Zuc's really been the guy that's stirred the drink."
Zuccarello, who is riding a four-game point streak (four goals, three assists), scored 1:56 into overtime in New York's 3-2 win over Boston on Dec. 16, 2017.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 18, 2019