New York Rangers defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2

What, you were expecting something like 40-0-0 this year on Causeway ice?

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, ordering Duck Boats for a June parade, or celebratory cruises with the Cup stuck on the bowsprit of Old Ironsides.

The Bruins are better this year, no doubt about it. But just two weeks into the new season, they lived the consequences of a poor start last night, and it’s a fair bet that it won’t be their only poor start on the 82-game schedule.

“We were a littl...

In the first period, after Alex Frolov’s goal gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead, coach Claude Julien sent out Shawn Thornton for the following faceoff. Thornton knew what he had to do: engage the NHL’s most fearsome fighter.

At 12:37, Thornton dropped the gloves with Derek Boogaard, the ex-Minnesota heavyweight with granite hands. Thornton checks in at 6 feet 2 inches, 217 pounds. Boogaard, who had danced with Toronto strongman Colton Orr in the previous game, has 5 inches an...

Within 27 seconds, the Rangers had scored twice. Johnny Boychuk had his hand slashed by Brandon Dubinsky so hard periods two and three were out of the question. Gregory Campbell heard bells after Dan Girardi whistled a puck off the side of his head.

No, it was certainly not the first period the Bruins were hoping for.

“I didn’t think we had a real good start to the game,’’ coach Claude Julien said after last night’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers before 17,565 at TD Garden....