Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Bruins 3

NEW YORK—This one is sure to be an instant classic. The Rangers rallied from a 3-0 deficit against one of the best goalies in the league to win 5-3 Monday night against the Bruins.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Rangers passed Buffalo for the seventh spot in the East and are tied with Montreal for the No. 6 seed. The Blueshirts also now lead Carolina by four points with two games to go. The Rangers magic number of points is now down to three.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: The Rangers rallied for four goals in the final 23:26 of the game to pick up arguably the two biggest points of the season. The Bruins led 3-0, but the Rangers rallied and won the game on a goal with 2:57 left by Michael Sauer. Derek Stepan later added a goal against an empty net to ice the game with less than a minute remaining.

THE EQUALIZER: Brandon Dubinsky scored the game-tying goal with 3:48 left in the contest. The Rangers scored two more goals for one of their best wins of the season, if not their best win.

FIRST TROUBLE: The Bruins raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, constantly attacking the Rangers and forcing the action. The Bruins outshot the Rangers 19-5 in the dominating period. Daniel Paille scored Boston’s first goal with 4:44 left in the first and Nathan Horton followed up with a goal just 97 seconds later to make it 2-0 Bruins.

DOUBLING UP: When the game seemed all but over after the Bruins took a commanding 3-0 more than halfway through the second, Vinny Prospal galvanized the Rangers with two goals that sliced the deficit to 3-2 entering the third. He first scored on a rebound with 11:34 left in the period to cut the lead to 3-1 and later beat Tim Thomas off a great pass from Wojtek Wolski to make it 3-2 with 1:34 left in the period.

POWERLESS: The Rangers had four power plays in the game and struggled to do much with their opportunities. They didn’t take many shots, failed to create opportunities and ended up spending most of the time retrieving the puck from their end of the ice. Fans started booing the lack of attack on the one-man advantage.

UP NEXT: The Rangers will host Atlanta Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the next-to-last game of the season.