BOSTON — I don’t condone wagering on professional sporting events, but if I did I would suggest betting a large sum on the Bruins and New York Rangers playing a one-goal game tonight at TD Garden.
Seven of the last meetings between the two squads have been decided by one goal. And five of the last 12 finished up 1-0.
With Tuukka Rask and Henrik Lundqvist expected to be in goal for their respective clubs, the tightness of this match-up shouldn’t change. After his team’s morning skate today, Rangers head coach John Tortorella didn’t really feel like analyzing why there have been so many one-goal affairs between his club and that of Claude Julien.
“I don’t know. When I was with another team [Tampa Bay], it was the last goal wins,” said Tortorella. “Both teams have some pretty good goaltending. I don’t have any particular thought on it. The only thought I have is we need to play the way we did in Toronto [in a win Thursday].”
Julien, however, was able to pretty much put his finger on the various reasons there aren’t a lot of goals scored when the Bruins and Rangers meet.
“I think, No. 1, the goaltending for both teams has been pretty good. So that certainly helps keep the score down,” he said. “I don’t think it’s from lack of excitement because I remember some games that we’ve played against them there’s been lots of opportunities, lots of chances. One thing is, it’s a hard-fought game, physical and they’re a team that likes to crash and jam the net and it creates a physical game around the net area.
“They’re also a team that probably doesn’t get enough credit for how well they play in their D zone. They really front pucks a lot, they play in tight around the crease area. So with a good goaltender and some tight D-zone coverage, it’s certainly not easy to score goals on them.”