Boston (2-0-0) at NY Rangers (0-2-0)

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By TOM CASTRO, STATS Senior Editor Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST Wed Jan 23, 2013

The Boston Bruins appeared to be in midseason form in an impressive season-opening win over the sluggish New York Rangers, and both teams played the same way in their second games.

The Bruins can keep both trends going when they visit Madison Square Garden looking to deal the Rangers their first 0-3-0 start in 14 seasons Wednesday night.

Boston (2-0-0) defeated visiting New York 3-1 on Saturday, outshooting the Rangers 34-21. Milan Lucic Daniel Paille and Johnny Boychuk scored as the Bruins looked sharp compared to a New York team that seemed rusty after the long lockout.

The Bruins carried over that momentum to a 2-1 shootout victory over Winnipeg on Monday, getting another strong performance from Tuukka Rask with 26 saves and winning after killing off a large portion of short-handed time late.

Boston was short-handed for 2 minutes, 17 seconds of overtime after playing the final 71 seconds of regulation down a man. The Bruins have killed off all nine opposing power plays this season.

“We’ve stuck to our system,” said forward Patrice Bergeron who helped kill those penalties before scoring in the shootout. “I guess we’ve kept it simple.”

The Bruins weren’t at their best against the Jets in a game that featured several lackluster stretches of play, but a return engagement with the Rangers could result in another intense matchup. The teams engaged in two fights and several scrums after the whistle in the opener.

“The battle level and the plays are right up there to midseason (level),” Bergeron told the team’s official website Monday. “So you know, every game is going to be hard

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