Bruce Cassidy called out his defense after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on home ice Thursday night, and voiced his frustration with the lack of secondary scoring. Boston responded the next game in a big way, defeating the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in a 1-0 shutout Sunday afternoon for their first victory over the Caps since March 2014.
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The Isles sit atop the Metropolitan Division and have won six of their last eight games. The biggest test Boston will have is New York’s goalie Robin Lenher, who totes an NHL-best .932 save percentage and 2.02 GAA. Even if Lehner doesn’t get the nod, Thomas Greiss will pose a threat in net to Boston with his .924 save percentage, good for sixth in the league
The Bruins will need to be wary of Mika Zibanejad, who’s been a force for the Rangers this season. The center has 20 goals and 32 assists and has gobbled up points in five of his team’s last six games, including a hat trick against the New Jersey Devils. He also accounted for two of New York’s three goals against the Black and Gold in their last meeting