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.
There was Terry Rozier, delivering dizzying crossover dribbles that set up open jumpers, soon followed by defenders he then beat to the rim for easy scores.
“I felt like I was in college a little bit,” Rozier told reporters Wednesday night.
The second-year guard is a long way from his days at Louisville, but make no mistake about it.
His basketball education is ongoing, but on Wednesday it was Rozier and rookie Jaylen Brown teaching the Orlando Magic a lesson as Boston pulled away for a 117-87 victory.
Playing without Isaiah Thomas (right groin), Rozier came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points.
And Brown, whose hustle and above-the-rim play energized the Celtics most of the night, had 13 points which included a powerful, poster-worthy dunk over an unsuspecting Nikola Vucevic.
"I didn't expect to dunk, nor did I expect him to jump," Brown told reporters after the game. "When it happened, I was just as surprised as everyone else."
The Celtics (13-9) were pleased with the victory which included contributions from several players.
But there was added pleasure for the veteran Celtics in watching their youthful teammates step up and play well.
“It’s hard as a young player to come in and find yourself on a team,” Boston’s Al Horford told reporters after the win. “And those guys are really hard workers. As the season goes on, they’ll become more comfortable with what we’re trying to do.”
We have seen Brown put in positions where he was given an opportunity to make a major impact.
His first NBA start came against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Boston lost 128-122 to the Cavs, but Brown had a career-high 19 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Brown said when he’s on the floor with Rozier, the two have a very specific agenda.
“Me and Terry get in, we talk to each other and say, ‘we gotta run,’” Brown said. “That’s our focus; we’re young. We try to get up and down the floor. It makes the game easier for us.”
The Celtics' second unit has been in a constant state of change most of this season due to the number of injuries sustained by the preferred starting five.
So getting more consistent play from the team’s youngsters like Rozier and Brown is huge for this team going forward especially if they will be without Thomas for multiple games which is a possibility.
“It was a great opportunity; they seized it,” Horford said. “Moving forward, if they play like they did tonight; defense first, confident, I feel like there will be plenty of more opportunities to show what they have.”
WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.
Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.
After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.
Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.
Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.
Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.