The Rangers couldn't afford to make too many mistakes against the stingiest defensive team in the NHL.
The blueshirts played their second game in a row without the best defender Tony DeAngelo and had a goal deflected by two of their players. Late in the second half, the team defeated NHL leaders Boston by a 3-3 defeat on Sunday.
Mika Zibanejad scored the only goal for the Rangers in the middle of the third half, who started the day with a season best of four wins. Jaroslav Halak scored 25 saves as the Bruins improved to 9-1-0 and 37-11-12 (86 points) in the last 10 games.
The Rangers (30-24-4) were without the recently anointed goalkeeper No. 1 Igor Shesterkin (ankle) for the third game in a row while DeAngelo (43 points) paused Thursday morning in Minnesota due to a torso.
Alexandar Georgiev made 10 of his 31 saves to keep a goalless knot until the last minute of the opening phase. Charlie McAvoys flip from Long Point's right point was doubly distracted by Zibanejad's bat and Jacob Trouba's skate before he glided over Georgiev's attempt to stab the net and stayed 41.7 seconds in the session. The goal was originally credited to Boston winger Chris Wagner, but changed to McAvoy between seasons.
The Rangers received a four-minute power play at the start of round two when David Krejci received a double penalty for hitting Ryan Lindgren in the face with his stick. When Adam Fox joined DeAngelo’s first Powerplay unit, the Rangers looked disorganized and put little pressure on the advantage.
Lindgren drew another power game late when Brad Marchand checked him over. The Rangers were given a break when Pavel Buchnevich was not dismissed for retaliation against Marchand.
Jacob Trouba coughed a puck on the Boston blue line during the following five-on-four game and sent Charlie Coyle alone to beat Georgiev's glove 1:18 on the shorthanded breakaway rush. Quinn said there is a "very good chance" that DeAngelo will be back in lineup in Chicago on Wednesday, but the restless home crowd booed on another stuck powerplay opportunity at the beginning of day three.
Zibanejad ended the man-up race and prevented the Rangers from being hidden less than five minutes later for the first time this season. He beat Bruins goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak through the traffic with a Blue Line wrister 9:52 in the final stages. He has seven goals in his last 10 games and 25 for the season.
Patrice Bergeron scored a clean sheet 12.2 seconds before the end.