BOSTON -- Both teams had things to be happy about Tuesday night after the New York Rangers' 4-3 shootout win over the surging Boston Bruins.
However, both Original Six clubs also had reasons to be not so thrilled.
"We got the two points, that's the feeling you have," New York coach John Tortorella said after his team lost a 3-0 third-period lead, allowed two goals in 48 seconds in the last 1:31 and then survived thanks to goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
"We still hung in there. Hank (Lundqvist) stood in there strong, and we get the two points; that's the most important thing."
On the Boston side, coach Claude Julien and his players knew they had escaped with a point on a night the home team didn't play well until the third period, and on a night when goalie Tuukka Rask should have stopped two of the three goals he allowed.
"We definitely did a great job of digging ourselves out of a hole, but I think there's a few things we need to clean up after that game," said Brad Marchand, whose seventh goal of the season tied it at 19:17 of the third period. "We're definitely happy to get that point, but we have to play better than that."
The victory was the third in a row for the Rangers (7-5-0), while the Bruins, off to the best 10-game start in franchise history, fell to 8-1-2. Boston's 18 points match the club's all-time high for 11 games. Both of the extra-time losses have come at the hands of the Rangers. Boston also beat New York in the opener of the lockout-delayed season.
David Krejci (No. 4) broke Lundqvist's bid for his seven shutout of the Bruins at 8:44 of the third. Nathan Horton (No. 4) and Marchand then forced the OT.
With Rask pulled, Horton scored on a rebound at 18:29 to make it 3-2. Rask returned to the net and quickly came out again. This time, Patrice Bergeron's pass from the high slot was went off Callahan. But the puck went right to Marchand, who fired it into the top corner.
On the other end, Patrice Bergeron's shot from the high slot was blocked by Ryan McDonagh, but the puck went right to Marchand, who fired it into the top corner.
Lundqvist stopped four shots in overtime and was successful on three of the Bruins' four shootout chances.
"I'm still a little disappointed it went into overtime," Lundqvist said. "I did just a bad read on the second goal ... that's disappointing to feel right now, but overall it was a great game for us and me personally. I felt really good."
Krejci, the No. 4 Boston shootout shooter, lost control of the puck on his try. Ryan Callahan then beat Rask to end the game. Rick Nash scored earlier in the shootout for New York, but Marchand scored to force a fourth round.
Lundqvist was outstanding, making 37 saves. He came in with a 1.63 career goals-against average against the Bruins and improved to 21-7-2 against Boston.
Carl Hagelin (No. 4), Derek Stepan (No. 2) and defenseman Anton Stralman (No. 1, from well out on the right side, over Rask's pad) scored for the Rangers, now 5-0-0 when leading after two periods.
Julien said of Stralman's tally, "Probably a weak goal, I would say."
The teams came in 28th and 29th in the NHL on the power play, and both came up empty again (0-for-4). The Rangers failed on a 1:18 two-man advantage late in the second period and early in the third. The Bruins are 0-for-23 on home power plays this season but do lead the NHL in penalty killing.
One of the New York kills came on the Rangers' sixth too-man-men penalty of the season (three goals against on the six infractions).
"It's stupid. It sucks, it's brutal, I can use a lot of different things (to say)," Tortorella said when asked about the too-many-men infractions.
NOTES: Nineteen of the past 24 games between the two old rivals have been decided by one goal. ... Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg both had two assists for the Bruins. ... The Bruins signed veteran winger Jay Pandolfo to a one-year/two-way contract (pro-rated share of $660,000 NHL/$350,000 minors) and placed him on waivers so they can send him to AHL Providence. The former Boston University star and native of nearby Winchester, Mass., a standout penalty killer and defensive forward who played for the Islanders last season after 13 with New Jersey, had been skating with the team and was free to sign with any team. He'll be 39 Dec. 27. ... Speaking of local college stars, New York's Brian Boyle, a Boston College product, was a healthy scratch for the third straight game, saying, "It's infuriating sitting out, it's awful." ... Another BU product, Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy, played in his 200th NHL game. ... The Rangers host the Islanders on Thursday night, while the Bruins open a five-game road trip in Buffalo on Friday night. ... Boston's Shawn Thornton returned after missing three games with a concussion suffered in a fight with Buffalo's John Scott. ... The Boston-Tampa Bay game snowed out last Saturday in Boston will be made up April 25.