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Gritty Rangers outlast Bruins 3-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Gritty Rangers outlast Bruins 3-2
New York Rangers 3, Boston Bruins 2

With three of their top scorers sidelined with injuries, the New York Rangers have turned to grit, goaltending and a few fortunate bounces to make up for a lack of firepower. Just as it did two nights earlier in Toronto, that formula worked in Boston on Saturday night.

The Rangers got goals by Artem Anisimov and Alexander Frolov off bouncing pucks 25 seconds apart in the first period and a breakaway goal by defenseman Mark Staal early in the second, then held off the Bruins 3-2.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots as the Rangers won for the second time in three days despite playing without Marian Gaborik (separated shoulder), Vaclav Prospal (knee surgery) and Chris Drury (broken finger). They'll try for three in a row when New Jersey comes to Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Boston had won four in a row with Tim Thomas in goal, but coach Claude Julien opted to play Tuukka Rask, who hadn't played since the Bruins' first game of the season -- a 5-2 loss to Phoenix in Prague -- two weeks ago. Rask finished with 27 saves.

"We felt good about his game," Julien said of his goalie's long layoff. "With a little luck, he would have had his first win tonight."

Anisimov opened the scoring with power-play goal at 11:34 of the first period when he batted the puck with a backhanded swipe over Rask's left shoulder after the puck bounced into the air. The goal held up to a video review.

Frolov made it 2-0 when Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg tried to clear the puck in front of his net, only to have it hit Frolov's lower body and bounce over Rask.

Zdeno Chara got one back when he beat Lundqvist with a blast from the top of the right circle with 4.5 seconds left in the period during a 5-on-3 power play. But Staal, whose penalty had given the Bruins the two-man advantage, atoned for it when he came out of the box, picked up a deflection by teammate Ryan Callahan and went in alone before beating Rask with a backhander.

"A clear-cut breakaway from the blue line, definitely my first," Staal said with a smile. "I picked it up. I didn't know how close (Zdeno) Chara was to me, so I just tried to get away as fast as I could and go to the old trusty backhander. I don't get breakaways often, but I used it in junior every now and then, and in shootouts, and it's worked, so that's what I went to.

"Obviously that made me a feel a little better after putting us down on a 5-on-3," Staal said after scoring his first of the season. "We battled back all game long and kind of stuck with it and got the two points."

Nathan Horton continued his hot start by beating Lundqvist from the right circle at 12:27 of the middle period for his fifth of the season, cutting cut the deficit back to one goal. But Lundqvist shut down the Bruins the rest of the way.

"Our third period was great," Lundqvist said. "The whole game as long as we were 5-on-5 we played really well. It was important going into the third that we stayed disciplined, and we did that. We really played smart. It's a great feeling to get the win here."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
11:34
NYR
PPG - Artem Anisimov (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (2), Michal Rozsival (3)
1 - 0 NYR
12:01
NYR
Alex Frolov (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Sauer (1), Erik Christensen (1)
2 - 0 NYR
19:55
BOS
PPG - Zdeno Chara (2) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Recchi (4), Nathan Horton (4)
2 - 1 NYR
2nd Period
00:48
NYR
Marc Staal (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Callahan (4)
3 - 1 NYR
12:27
BOS
Nathan Horton (5) Wrist shot - ASST: David Krejci (6), Dennis Seidenberg (2)
3 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
04:20
BOS
Mark Stuart  Fighting (maj) against  Sean Avery
04:20
NYR
Sean Avery  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Stuart
04:20
NYR
Sean Avery  Instigator against  Mark Stuart
04:20
NYR
Sean Avery  Misconduct (10 min)
05:34
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Slashing against  Johnny Boychuk
11:20
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg  Tripping against  Derek Stepan
12:37
NYR
Derek Boogaard  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
12:37
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Boogaard
13:02
BOS
Milan Lucic  Interference against  Alex Frolov
15:17
NYR
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Milan Lucic
15:17
BOS
Milan Lucic  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
18:34
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Holding against  Blake Wheeler
18:39
NYR
Marc Staal  Slashing against  Tyler Seguin
2nd Period
07:04
NYR
Brandon Prust  Hooking against  Matt Hunwick
09:59
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Slashing against  Derek Stepan
13:46
NYR
Derek Boogaard  Boarding against  Mark Stuart
19:30
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Hi stick - double minor against  Brandon Prust
3rd Period
06:25
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Slashing against  Ryan Callahan
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .946SH: 5 - 5
Tuukka Rask
SA: 30TOI: 58:54
Saves: 27EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2