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Snapshots: Bruins at Rangers

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS (37-17-5) vs. NEW YORK RANGERS (33-25-3)

9:53 p.m. - Third Period Snapshtos: FINAL BOS 6, NYR 3

The Bruins topped the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening, 6-3, as the B's get goals from Jarome Iginla, Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Gregory Campbell (2) and Milan Lucic.  Goaltender Tuukka Rask picks up his 26th win in the effort as Boston improves to 38-17-5.  With the win the Bruins earn their first season sweep of the New York Rangers since the  The Black & Gold is back in action on Tuesday back in Boston as they take on the Florida Panthers. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Boston Bruins went on the PK for the third tim win the game when Dougie Hamilton was called for delay of game at 8:02 into the period, when he inadvertently sent the puck into the stands.  The Bruins however, were able to turn the tides when Loui Eriksson set up Gregory Campbell crashing the net, with a pin-point pass that Campbell was able to collect and covert on.  The goal marks Soupy's fourth goal of the year.

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The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday back in Boston against the Florida Panthers. Game time set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

8:46 p.m. Second Period Snapshtos: BOS 3, NYR 2

With just over three minutes to go in the second period, the Rangers found themselves on a two-on-one with Brad Richards leading the charge. With about 15 feet go to from the Bruins net, Richards fired a wrister high, blocker-side to beat Rask and cut the Ranger deficit to one.  The goal marks Richards 16th goal of the year with Ryan Callahan (14), Anton Stralman (7) picking up the assists.

Forward Carl Soderberg increased the Black & Gold's lead when he scooped up a loose puck that he curled from his backhand side to his forehand, that he then flipped past Lundqvist, all while off balance for his 10th goal of the year. Earning assists on the play were Loui Eriksson (15) and Dougie Hamilton (11), who now has a goal and assist in tonight's game.

The Bruins took their first lead of the game at 4:04 into the second period when Dougie Hamilton converted in transition on a pass from Milan Lucic, beating Henrik Lundqvist, that he sent roof blocker-side. The goal marks the 20-year-old's seventh of the season with Lucic and Jarome Iginla picking up their 26th and 28th assist, respectively.

7:53 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, NYR 1

The Rangers came out firing on all cylinders in the first period and outshot the B's in the first period by a 20-9 margin, however the B's were able to weather the storm and leave the first period tied at 1 with New York.

The Bruins were able to finally get one past Lundqvist on their ninth shot of the game when Jarome Iginla redirected a beautiful pass from David Krejci who put the puck right on Iginla's tape.  Playing a huge role on the play was Milan Lucic who won a puck battle against two Rangers players in the corner, which led to Krejci receiving the puck in prime position to find Iginla on the door step.  The goal marks Iginla's 18th of the season.

Rangers forward J.T. Miller took full advantage of a David Krejci turnover at the Rangers blueline, which resulted in a breakaway opportunity on Tuukka Rask. Miller made a strong deke on his approach, causing Rask to fall off balance, allowing him to convert on his fourth goal of the season. 

6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs NYR

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (25-14-4, 2.16 GAA, .927 Save %) vs. Lundqvist (22-19-3, 2.47 GAA, .917 Save %). Rask is 5-3-3 with a 1.99 GAA and .933 save % in five career games against Washington. Lundqvist is 21-9-2 with a 1.72 GAA and .941 with six shutouts in 32 games against Boston.

BRUINS VS RANGERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Rangers are meeting for the 634th time in their histories with the Bruins having a 287-240-97-9 record and 1,990-1,842 scoring edge in those games. The Bruins are 120-140-55-3 in their 318 games of this lifetime series in New York with the Rangers holding a 969-884 scoring advantage in those contests… The Bruins are looking to sweep the Rangers in a season series for the 1st time since 1982-83 (3-0-0).

APPROACHING MILESTONES: Forward Gregory Campbell enters this evening's matchup one assist shy of 100 NHL assists.

SMITTY STREAKING: Bruins' forward Reilly Smith has racked up four assists in his last three games for the Black & Gold.

BACK-TO-BACK ATTACK: The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season, including six in the month of March. This far, the Black & Gold have accrued a 7-2-1 record in the first game of a back-to-back set and a 7-2-0 record in the second game. Tonight marks the second game a back-to-back set for the Bruins after falling the the Capitals on Saturday 4-2.

RANGERS NOTEBOOK: Derick Brassard enters tonight riding a seven-game point streak, where he has notched four goals and five assists during that span. Former Bruin Benoit Pouliot also rides a point-streak, recording two goals and two assists in his last three games… Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is 5-1-0 with a 2.15 GAA and .928 save percentage in his last six games played, and is currently two wins shy of 300 NHL wins…Rick Nash leads the Rangers in goal production with 19.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 36-for-171 (22.4%, 7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 160-for-193 (82.9%, 11th NHL)… Rangers power play: 39-for-195 (20.0%, 10th NHL), Rangers penalty kill: 147-for-177 (83.1%, 1oth NHL).

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