Goals were slow to come in the first half of the game, but there was a veritable outburst in a 2:57 span on either side of the second intermission.
Ryan McDonagh tied it at 1-1 with just 1.3 seconds left in the second period. The Rangers then picked up right where they left off, taking a 2-1 lead just 14 seconds into the third period. Derek Stepan shot a one-timer through a screen from the high slot.
But the Bruins put the lie to any broadcast theories of "momentum" by tying it at 2-2 just 2:41 after Stepan's goal.
That would be the last goal of regulation, though it wasn't for a lack of chances.
Patrice Bergeron took a hooking penalty at 16:16, giving the Rangers a golden chance to score another late one. Instead John Moore knocked Rich Peverley into Tuukka Rask, garnering an interference penalty and putting the Bruins on the power play as time wound down.
That's when Tyler Seguin's one-timer was headed for the net but for Girardi's shot block, and Boychuck came just inches from winning it at literally the last possible moment: