The Rangers came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime. The overtime hero Alexis Lafrenière made an incredible play knocking down an attempted clear by the Bruins goalie, Linus Ullmark, and backhanded it past him to win the game.

The Bruins big three of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand lead the Bruins to a 3-1 first period lead. All three members of “The Perfection Line” scored and it looked like it might be a long night for the Rangers. Then Sammy Blais deflected in a Nils Lundkvist shot on the power play with 50 seconds left in the first to narrow the deficit to one.

That was Nils Lundkvist’s second assist of the period. He also made a great pass to set up Ryan Strome’s goal.

After settling down defensively in the second and third periods. Kevin Rooney got taken down half way through the third period on a shorthanded break away setting up a penalty shot. Rooney would then bury the penalty shot to tie the game at 3. Then Lafrenière would win the game 1:38 into overtime with an incrediable play.

Gerard Gallant

A much happier Gerard Gallant talked with the media post game. He said he was much happier with the team’s effort tonight and said he would have been disappointed if the team did not respond after yesterday’s beatdown in New Jersey. While he said he was happy with most of the teams play today we did say Kevin Rooney’s big goal stood out. He also talked about the Rangers upcoming bonding trip that he thinks it will help the new coaching staff get to know the players better.

Sammy Blais

Blais didn’t have a game last night in New Jersey, finishing with a -3 +/- rating but he was all over the ice tonight. He finished with a goal, 8 hits, and 4 shots on goal. I have been impressed with Blais so far this preseason. He had a very strong game in the first Bruins game as well. He plays a physical game but he has some offensive skill. Blais should be locked into a bottom 6 role now.

Alexandar Georgiev

Georgiev has not looked great in his two appearences this preseason. He allowed 3 goals tonight in his two periods of play. He gave up 3 goals in a period and half against the Islanders earlier this week. Thats 6 goals in four and half periods of action. Not great.

Nils Lundkvist

Nils now has 3 assists in the 3 preseason games he has played in and tonight he played a team high 21:17 minutes. He has looked great on the power play and has not been pushed around in the defensive zone. Nils has made some great passes, but more impressive is his shot accuracy. He hits the net when he shots which can’t be said for other Rangers defenseman. I think Nils right now is the clear front runner to make the team on the third pairing.

Training Camp Notes

A very cool story from the Hartford Wolf Pack training camp. The team signed Rangers legend Vic Hatfield’s grandson Victor Hatfield to a camp try-out. Unlike his grandfather Victor plays defense. He played a few games last year in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose. He also played three seasons in the OHL with the Barrie Colts. It would be very cool to see another Hatfield in a Rangers jersey.

Upcoming Schedule

The Rangers have two preseason games left. They head back to MSG to play the Devils Wednesday night and then wrap up the preseason next Saturday against the Islanders.

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Kyle Hall

Kyle is a lifelong diehard New York Rangers fan and in 2020 took over as the teams beat writer for Belly Up Sports. Kyle hosts a NY Rangers podcast on the Belly Up Podcast Network called The Broadway Hat Podcast. Kyle also covers USA Hockey and is a credentialed media member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

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