Final score: NY Rangers 5, Bruins 3

Staal/By S. Bradley

Maybe a playoff series with the Rangers wouldn’t be a bore after all.

Recent history had produced just slowed-down, grind-it-out affairs between the Bruins and New York until tonight’s wild scoring festival.

Michael Sauer’s goal with 2:57 left in regulation put the Rangers ahead after they rallied from 3-0 down, and they hung for a 5-3 victory at Madison Square Garden.

Brandon Dubinsky had tied the game just 51 seconds earlier. It was the first time in the history of the two storied franchises that the Rangers ever came back to beat the Bruins after trailing 3-0.

Here’s a quick glance at the box score:

•Tim Thomas had a rough night in net after he hardly had to work early on. He needed to make just five saves on five shots in the first period. He finished with just 21 saves on 25 attempts by New York.

•Daniel Paille scored his second goal in as many games for the Bruins, while Nathan Horton reached 25 goals (amazingly) and Chris Kelly scored his first goal as a Bruin. Kelly obviously likes scoring against the Rangers because with Ottawa earlier this season he recorded a hat trick against New York.

•Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid and Mark Recchi were all minus-2.

•Vinny Prospal scored twice for the Rangers, while Marc Staal was a plus-4.

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