BOSTON — The margin of difference between the Bruins and New York Rangers is so slim that the team that suffers the most black-and-blue marks usually prevails.
Today the Rangers were more willing to pay the price.
New York blocked 29 shots in front of Henrik Lundqvist’s 26-save performance, as the Bruins fell 1-0 at TD Garden. It was the sixth 1-0 game in the last 16 meetings between the two teams, who have now combined for 14 one-goal games over that same span.
The Bruins’ two-game winning streak was snapped and they failed to move into position to clinch a playoff berth. A Boston win and Carolina regulation loss would’ve punched the Bruins’ ticket to the postseason for the fourth straight year.
Here’s a glance at today’s box score:
•Derek Stepan scored the lone goal on a redirection from the right circle of a Michael Sauer shot from the right point. Bruins head coach Claude Julien said he thought there was a violation on the faceoff. That oversight, combined with a missed offsides call on the preceding break-in play prior to the television timeout and right-dot faceoff, caused the coach to give the linesmen an earful.
•Brian Boyle led the Rangers with five blocked shots. Seven of Zdeno Chara’s shots were blocked, as were four each from Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid. The Bruins blocked just eight shots.
•Milan Lucic failed to record a shot on goal and his linemates David Krejci and Nathan Horton fired just one apiece on Lundqvist.