The New York Rangers were in the perfect position to win a game . . . until Cam Neely got into a better position for the Boston Bruins.
With just 14 seconds left, the ubiquituous Neely scored from the slot to tie the game. Then he set up Bob Sweeney's game-winner with 1:30 remaining in overtime to give the Bruins a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory in the only NHL game Monday night."We kept plugging away at it, and we got lucky in overtime because they really dominated the overtime for the most part," Boston coach Mike Milbury said. "But we took advantage of the one scoring opportunity we did get."
Until Neely got involved in things at the end, the Rangers looked like they were on their way to their first victory in three games.
The Bruins weren't concerned about the odds - just about swarming the net. They had pulled goaltender Andy Moog with about 30 seconds left for an extra attacker.
After losing two games in a row, the Patrick Division-leading Rangers hoped to staighten themselves out with a strong homestand.
And it seemed they were on their way to doing just that, with John Ogrodnick and Mike Gartner scoring first-period goals less than two minutes apart for a quick 2-0 lead.
Bobby Carpenter cut the Rangers' lead to 2-1 when he beat Ranger goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck from in front off a great pass from John Carter at 14:22 of the second period.
"You can see when we made it 2-1, they seemed to tighten up a little bit," Neely said. "That comes from being a little cautious, or maybe just playing overly defensive."
That was apparent in the overtime period, even though the Bruins were outshot 4-2. The Bruins' second shot was the game's last as Sweeney drove behind the net with the puck, lost it, then got it back on a nice feed from Neely.