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The franchise history is littered with teams that did not come close to equaling the sum of their marquee parts. But not this one. Not the 2008-09 Rangers.

This is the team that is the exception to the rule that's produced one Stanley Cup champion in the last 67 NHL seasons. This is the team that has managed to overcome deficiencies in size and sheer skill with a collective effort and a collective will missing in so many other Blueshirt squads.

"We aren't flashy, but we're a persistent group that works hard," said Markus Naslund, who scored with 53 seconds to go in regulation to send last night's Garden match into overtime before Henrik Lundqvist prevailed in a 1-0, four-round shootout on Chris Drury's first success ever in the competition to defeat the Bruins 3-2. "It comes from our foundation where everyone will play the system, whether it's the first line or the fourth line. We play the way we're coached to play, and that goes a very, very long way."

The Rangers' willingness to hang in, to battle, to carry games to the end even when they don't begin them very well has the team to a stunning 13-5-2 record that no one could have foreseen.

They don't quit. They never do. They sure didn't last night despite trailing 2-0 deep into the third before Nigel Dawes, whose season has been a struggle, ripped home Lauri Korpikoski's centering feed at 13:55 to jumpstart the rally.

That goal was tangible evidence the Rangers were on their way back against a Boston club that came in at 10-3-3 and had won five straight. But talk in the locker room was already positive after a disastrous second period in which the Bruins scored twice by taking advantage of a pair of horrendous misplays by Michal Rozsival and the Blueshirts failed to score on 4:22 of consecutive power-play time, including 1:39 of five-on-three.

"We have character guys in here," said Wade Redden, who stamped one of his finest nights as a Ranger with a succession of crisp breakout feeds to spring his teammates. "After the second, even after the way we struggled on the power play, Dru and Markus talked about how important it was to stay with it.

"We stuck with it. We got a couple of bounces. And probably most important of all, there's Hank. It's easy to say, we'll get them next time. But we don't do that."

The Bruins were physical all night. The smaller Blueshirts responded as best they could. The Bruins had the better chances throughout the first two periods, the second ending with angry boos cascading from the gallery, most aimed directly at Rozsival.

But the Rangers steadied, led by the Korpikoski-Dawes-Dan Fritsche line combination that came with speed and moxie and in straight lines. Korpikoski was the Rangers' best forward. Fritsche flourished, playing in a third straight game for the first time.

In the end, so did the Rangers. They tied it late on a nifty feed from Dubinsky to Naslund. They won it on a goal by Drury and four saves from The King.

"No way I was going to lose two shootouts in one week," said Lundqvist, beaten on Monday by the Oilers. "This is so big for us, the way we came back, the way we came back again.

"It means a lot."

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