The Bruins, however, are also looking to shake off the sting of an early playoff exit last season after being bumped out of the post-season in the first round by Washington.
Brad Richards logged the only goal for the reigning Eastern Conference champion Rangers, who lost to New Jersey in the 2011-12 conference finals.
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 31 shots for New York.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]
Arizona Cardinals player formally charged