NEW YORK — Good afternoon from Madison Square Garden, where the Bruins will take on the Rangers tonight. This could be a preview of the first round.
The Bruins went through an optional morning skate. Tuukka Rask, Steven Kampfer, Shane Hnidy, Michael Ryder, and Shawn Thornton were the only players to skat. Thornton practiced without a shield, but will most likely be unavailable tonight. Thornton said when he gets clearance, he plans to play without a visor.
Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.
Record: Bruins 44-23-11, Rangers 42-32-5
TV/radio info: Versus (Dave Strader, Andy Brickley, Brian Engblom), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Michael Ryder
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Steven Kampfer, Shane Hnidy
Storylines: Shawn Thornton was named the Masterton Trophy nominee by the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Phil Kessel won the league award in 2007… The Rangers are coming off a 3-2 shootout win over Philadelphia. Erik Christensen scored the only shootout goal. Expect Henrik Lundqvist to get the nod tonight… Stephen Walkom and Dennis LaRue will be the referees. Thor Nelson and Mark Wheler will be the linesmen.