Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Brad Marchand netted the winner at 15:40 of overtime as the Boston Bruins took a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Boston thoroughly dominated the extra period, outshooting New York 16-5, with the 16th shot finally making it past a stalwart Henrik Lundqvist.
On a rush down the other way, Patrice Bergeron, who netted the tying and overtime winner in Boston's Game 7 win over Toronto in the opening round, skated down the right wing and from the low circle he fed it to the front where Marchand tipped it in for the win.
Marchand and Zdeno Chara each had a goal and an assist while Torey Krug also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who rallied from a three-goal deficit on Monday to take a series victory over Toronto. Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots in the win.
Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh each scored while Lundqvist turned away 45 shots for the Rangers, who needed seven games to defeat the Washington Capitals in the first round.
Game 2 of this best-of-seven series will take place on Sunday afternoon in Boston.