BOSTON -- The Bruins out-shot the Rangers 42 to 20 on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, but it was Henrik Lundqvist's who stood on his head, leading New York to a 3-0 win over Boston.
The Rangers scored two goals in the first period, and entered the third period with that 2-0 lead thanks to a power-play goal from Ryan Callahan midway through the first, and a late first-period goal from Ryan McDonagh with 11.8 seconds left in the period.
Callahan's was a whole lot prettier than McDonagh's though, as he finished a smooth passing play that began from the left corner. The Rangers then quickly threw the puck from point-to-point, where Marian Gaborik sent a pass from the left point down to Michael Del Zotto at the lower-left circle. Del Zotto then put a pass out front to Callahan, who was battling for position with Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Callahan won the battle and tipped Del Zotto's pass into the open net for the 1-0 Rangers lead.
McDonagh just threw a prayer on net in the final seconds of the opening period, as he intercepted a Patrice Bergeron pass up to the half wall. McDonagh got the puck and quickly wristed a shot at the area of the net, and it re-directed off Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and into the goal for a 2-0 Rangers lead.
The Rangers added a third goal, not even three minutes into the third period, as Artem Anisimov finished a 2-on-1 from the right side as he lifted a snap shot over the blocker of Tim Thomas for a 3-0 Rangers lead, and essentially, ending any hopes of a Bruins comeback.
The Patriots sent their 61st overall pick to the Saints on Friday night in exchange for the 78th and 112th overall picks.
That addresses a large gap the Patriots would have had after they selected at 96. Previously, the Patriots were going to wait 100 selections - until late in the fifth - before they were on the clock again.
Now they are in position to get a body in that stretch. Their picks are now 78, 91, 96, 112, 196, 204, 208, 214, 221, 243 and 250.
Barring more trades, the Patriots will end their night with four new players.
Kevin Millar, John Farrell and Sean McAdam talk about Dee Gordon’s 80-game suspension for PED violations.
The addition of Cyrus Jones means the Patriots now have a young corner with ball skills to add to their stable of capable corners.
Malcolm Butler, obviously, is their lead corner and – with him being a restricted free agent after this season – will be sticking around.
Logan Ryan was the starter on the other side with rookie Justin Coleman showing some ability late in the season after coming into the league undrafted.
Jones is a shorter corner – 5-10 – so he may have some slot corner relevance. He’s also a very good punt returner, taking back four for touchdowns last year. The Patriots have been relying for years on Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola to take back punts so Jones – once he’s up to speed with the return game and expectations in Foxboro – figures to be dropped into that capacity as well.
Daryl Roberts, a seventh-round pick from Marshall, is also on the roster as is E.J. Biggers, a former Eagle signed as a free agent.
With Jones, Ryan and Butler, the team has three corners with very good ball skills.