An early-season showdown between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference did not deliver.
Not for those in Boston, anyway, and not in the way you would’ve expected entering Saturday afternoon.
On Madison Square Garden ice in what felt like a rare Saturday matinee in New York City, the first Bruins-Rangers showdown of the 2023-24 season saw the league’s top two teams in terms of goaltending prowess going head-to-head. The Bruins and Rangers both ranked around the top five in penalty killing entering this contest, and they both had been two of the best teams in the league when it came to limiting high-danger chances during five-on-five play.
In other words, this was supposed to be a low-scoring day.
Instead, the sides combined for 11 goals over the course of 60 minutes, and with the Rangers dominating for those 60 minutes, with seven goals potted on the Bruins and Linus Ullmark for a blowout victory.