(BOSTON) — The New York Rangers are letting the defending Stanley Cup champions and the rest of the Eastern Conference know that this team is no joke.
The Rangers (37-13-5) shut out the Boston Bruins (34-18-2) on Tuesday night, 3-0 for their fourth straight victory. The Rangers now sit atop the Eastern Conference with a nine point lead on last year’s champs with 79 points. The Florida Panthers (27-17-11), who are in third in the East are 14 points out.
“I think it’s important that we keep challenging ourselves,” said Henrik Lundqvist, who matched his season high for saves with 42. “Yeah, we have a little gap, but we need to keep working on our game. To be No. 1 at the end of the year is not our goal. Our goal is to keep playing until June.”
Ryan Callahan, Artem Anisimov, and Ryan McDonagh all had goals in the win.
The Rangers won their second straight game in Boston this season.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN