You could make the argument that the Bruins owed Tuukka Rask a favor.

So many times already this season, Rask has kept the Bruins in games, leading to wins. Had the Bruins lost in regulation on Tuesday night, it would have been on Rask.

But some way, some how, the pesky Bruins scored a pair of goals in the final 1:31, while Rask had been pulled from the game in favor of the extra skater, and they managed to leave the TD Garden with one point in the 4-3 shootout loss.

Even Rask acknowledged, on this night, he was to blame.

"They kind of saved my ass there, because I didn't deserve the two points today, or one point, because I let up a couple bad ones," said Rask after the loss. "But we definitely, as a team, deserved some points, and they got my back today to get those goals. It was a good chance for me to bounce back in the shootout, for sure."

Rask allowed two goals in four rounds of that shootout, leaving the Bruins with only one point.

But the Bruins should be happy with that one point, based on the way Rask looked on New York's second and third goals of the game, which gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead that they held all the way up until midway through the third period.

The first goal Rask allowed wasn't his fault. It was the result of a shift that Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference probably wishes he could have back.

Ference made one too many passes back to his defensive partner, Adam McQuaid, and as the Rangers kept the puck in the Bruins' zone, Ference had several more chances to get it out, but failed.