NEW YORK (AP) - Jaromir Jagr spent the first 20 games of the season reintroducing the NHL to his scoring touch.
During the New York Rangers' perfect home weekend, Jagr showed off his playmaking side, too.
Jagr snapped a third-period tie with his 19th goal and set up two others Sunday night in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over Boston, the Bruins' sixth straight loss.
Jagr had five assists in New York's wins over Carolina and Boston on consecutive days, giving him 16 on the season.
``I always had more assists than goals,'' said Jagr, who moved into an 18th-place tie with John Bucyk on the NHL list with 556 goals. ``It's just this year I look like a goal scorer.''
Jagr has rediscovered his game and drive in his first full season in New York. He is scoring goals, setting them up, and even acting as a forechecker. He kept the puck away from the Bruins in the final moments as they pressed for the tying goal after pulling goalie Hannu Toivonen.
``He's a terrific playmaker, obviously,'' Rangers coach Tom Renney said. ``What I liked about his game on top of all that, there were times he had to be the first forechecker in, he had to be the first forward back. Jags was a great player tonight.''
The Bruins (7-10-5) played hard but it wasn't enough to keep them from their first six-game losing streak since Feb. 11-23, 1997. Boston has led or been tied in the third period in five of the losses.
``We were taking steps forward with this loss, Toivonen said. ``This was one of our best efforts.''
Jagr, who assisted on goals by Petr Prucha and Ville Nieminen, snapped in a shot from the right circle at 6:16. New York was never headed and won for the seventh time in 10 games.
Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves in bouncing back from his worst start when he gave up five goals on 27 shots in a loss Thursday at Carolina. He was beaten on third-period goals by Glen Murray and Patrice Bergeron.
``I know I can play better,'' Lundqvist said. ``That's why it felt real good to have a win right away.''
Toivonen stopped 29 shots, a day after No. 1 goalie Andrew Raycroft lost 3-2 to Buffalo at home and said he ``can't seem to find the puck.''
Murray tied it 38 seconds into the third and Bergeron's power-play score at 9:32 made it 3-2, just 50 seconds after Nieminen gave New York a two-goal advantage.
``There is a fine line between winning and losing, but I think we took a step forward,'' Boston coach Mike Sullivan said.
The first period was a throwback to the pre-lockout NHL as there were no goals and no penalties, marking the ninth time this season there was an infraction-free frame.
Each team had several scoring chances - including a two-shift stretch in which the Bruins couldn't get the puck out of their zone. The teams recorded 13 shots apiece.
``It was hormone hockey at it's best,'' Renney said. ``It might have been entertaining, but for a coach it was a nightmare.''
It took until 9:37 of the second period for the first penalty to be called.
The Rangers went ahead 2:02 into the middle frame when Prucha whistled in a shot from the slot for his fifth goal off a pass from Jagr.
Prucha, who scored in New York's 4-3 victory Saturday over Carolina, has goals in consecutive games for the second time in his rookie season.
Boston nearly tied it when killing off its second penalty. Bergeron slipped behind the Rangers defense and took a pass that came from in front of the benches and eluded New York's Tom Poti. Bergeron streaked into the center of the Rangers' zone and sidestepped Poti, who slid in front of him to try to break up the play.
Bergeron cut to his right, but Lundqvist dived across and blocked the puck with his forearm just in time.
``He had me. I was gone and I just got my glove there,'' Lundqvist said.
The Bruins got their first power play with 4:43 left in the second, but couldn't convert. New York, which entered with the league's second-best, penalty-killing unit and first at home, was 1-for-2 in short-handed situations.
Notes: Rangers D Fedor Tyutin missed his second straight game with a fractured left ring finger. He is day to day. ... D Brian Leetch, out indefinitely with a strained right knee, has yet to face the Rangers since being traded to Toronto on March 3, 2004, after 17 seasons in New York. He signed with Boston during the offseason. ... The Knicks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-92 in the afternoon portion of the NBA-NHL doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.
|Petr Prucha (5) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (15)|
1 - 0 NYR
|Glen Murray (10) ASST: Joe Thornton (21), Brad Isbister (4)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Jaromir Jagr (19) ASST: Martin Straka (19), Petr Prucha (2)|
2 - 1 NYR
|Ville Nieminen (4) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (16)|
3 - 1 NYR
|PPG - Patrice Bergeron (5) ASST: Jiri Slegr (9), Alexei Zhamnov (2)|
3 - 2 NYR
|Brad Isbister Slashing against Martin Straka|
|Alexei Zhamnov Hooking against Jason Ward|
|Jason Ward Hooking|
|Brad Isbister Too many men/ice - bench|
|Jiri Slegr Hooking against Blair Betts|
|Michal Rozsival Interference against Brad Isbister|