New York, NY -
Rangers forward Michal Rozsival scored a goal and helped on two others to lead the New York Rangers past the Boston Bruins, 5-2, on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Hal Gill and Brad Boyes added goals for the Bruins, but it wasn't enough to carry them to their third straight win. Tim Thomas
made 24 saves in net, while his counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist, turned aside 19 shots for his 28th win of the season.
The game marked Brian Leetch's return to Madison Square Garden in the first game against his former team since being traded in the 2003-04 season to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Leetch spent 16 seasons in New York and received an extremely warm welcome back from the fans with standing ovations and chants of his name.
The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Michal Rozsival and Blair Betts on shots from point blank range in front of the Boston net, and went up 3-0 when forward Steve Rucchin passed the puck in front to Martin Straka. Straka kicked the puck up to his stick and banged in his 14th of the season at 8:26 of the second period.
After the Rangers took a three-goal lead, Head Coach Mike Sullivan took a timeout to try and regroup his troops. The timeout worked as Hal Gill chopped in his first goal of the season just 24 seconds later to cut the Rangers lead to two goals.
"We were on our heels a little bit and we needed something to break their momentum to try and gain some momentum for us," said Head Coach Mike Sullivan. "When (New York) got that third goal, I just sensed that the bench got a little deflated. Fortunately, for us, we got a goal right after it."
Former Bruin Michael Nylander scored at 6:18 of the third period to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead.
Just 11 seconds later, Boyes scored No. 22 of the season after he deflected a Marco Sturm pass under the crossbar to cut the Rangers lead in half.
Dominic Moore put the game out of reach for the Rangers when he added a goal with 5:16 left of the third period.
The B's will look to bounce back from the loss when they host the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night at the TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00 p.m.