Artem Anisimov picked up his third goal of the season, a power play tally at 11:34 to give the Rangers their initial lead. The play was reviewed, as Anisimov waved at a Rask rebound that was right around crossbar level. Alex Frolov scored his second of the season shortly thereafter on a waffling puck that fooled Rask, and 12:01.
The Bruins and Rangers did plenty of fighting in the first period, as Mark Stuart  found himself tangoing with Sean Avery  after hitting Ruslan Fedetenko up high at the blue line. Following the second of the Rangers’ goals, Shawn Thornton  tried to inject a bit of energy into his team and the Garden crowd by squaring off with Derek Boogaard in a dance that brought Thornton’s career penalty minutes past the 500 mark. He now has 503 penalty minutes in his career. Milan Lucic  and Brandon Prust provided the rest of the period’s fighting.
Just a minute and 13 seconds after the Stuart/Avery fight in which Avery took a two-minute instigating minor, Johnny Boychuk  found himself on the tough end of a pretty hearty slash from Brandon Dubinsky. The B’s weren’t able to capitalize on a 47-second 5-on-3, but were later given the crack at another one that will cary ore to the second thanks to penalties to Michal Rozsival and and Marc Staal at 18:34 and 18:39, respectively. Chara scored his second power-play goal in as many games with 55 seconds remaining.
A couple of notes health-wise for the B’s: Boychuck left the ice briefly following the Dubinsky slash, but returned to the ice within minutes. Gregory Campbell  was also dinged up a bit, as he was struck by a shot more than halfway through the first and wasn’t spotted on the ice for the rest of the period.