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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Rangers

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins (13-6-1) vs. New York Rangers (10-10-0)

10:18 pm - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 2, NYR 1

The Bruins get goals from Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille as well as another superior performance from Tuukka Rask, who stops 43 of 44 shots, in the 2-1 win over the Rangers in Madison Square Garden.  The Bruins improve to 14-6-1 with the victory and move into first place in the Atlantic Division (as of 10:15 p.m. ET). The Bruins will travel home to Boston tonight and are back in action versus the St. Louis Blues this Thursday at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

Just 52 seconds into the third period of action, Brad Marchand was called for cross-checking giving the Rangers their third power play opportunity of the game. Prior to Marchand's penalty the Rangers were 1-2 on the man-advantage with Brassard's goal in the second period, shortly after Paille's shorthanded goal.  The Bruins were able to escape the penalty unscathed, due in large to a huge save from Tuuka Rask on Chris Kreider who had a wide open one-on-one chance against Rask.

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NEXT GAME: The Bruins will travel home to Boston to take on the St. Louis Blues this Thursday at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

9:33 pm - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, NYR 1

New York's Derek Dorsett was whistled for tripping on Dan Paille at 14:38 into the second frame, but the Bruins were unable to make the most of the power play, failing to register any shots on goal during the two minute man-advantage. Not long after Dorsett was back out on the ice after serving his initial penalty, he was called for goaltender interference on Tuukka Rask and was sent straight back to the box to serve another minor. The Bruins power play didn't fair much better the second time around, recording only one shot on net.

The Bruins PK unit went back to work for the second time this game at 10:33 into the second frame, when centerman David Krejci was sent to the box for goaltender interference on Henrik Lundqvist.  The Bruins penalty killers were able to turn the tables however, when Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell applied ample defensive pressure on the Rangers in the neutral zone, causing a turnover which lead to a Paille breakaway. Paille skated hard up the ice with the puck and made a quick left to right move, putting a backhand past Lundqvist to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. A minute later, with time remaining on the Krejci penalty, the Rangers were able to counter when Derek Brassard beat Rask for a New York power play tally to make it 2-1.  The Rangers power play goal snaps the Bruins streak of 33 straight kills, which dated back to October 30.

Bruins merlot line winger Shawn Thornton gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he connected on a firm wrister, beating Lundqvist short-side high at 4:58 into the second period.  The unassisted goal, which rung the post, marks Thornton's third goal of the season, first against the Rangers and 36th of his career.

At 2:17 into the second period of play, the Bruins were awarded a power play opportunity when New York's John Moore was called for interference on B's forward Chris Kelly.  Dougie Hamilton and Jarome Iginla each recorded a shot during the man-advantage, but the B's were unable to get the puck past Lundqvist, 4:17 into the second period.

8:35 pm - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, NYR 0

B's goaltender Tuukka Rask was sharp from the drop of the puck tonight, stopping 16 shots from the New York Rangers in the first period, including a penalty shot from Chris Kreider and a breakaway attempt from Rick Nash.  Despite facing 10 less shots, Henrik Lundqvist was equally as effective in the first frame for the Rangers, stopping all six shots he faced from the Bruins as we head into the second period scoreless.

Per @NHLBruins on Twitter - "UPDATE: Dennis Seidenberg will not return to tonight's game ^BB."  Seidenberg played one shift for 1:01 of ice time in the first period before leaving this evening's contest.

At 10:47 into the first period, Boston's Gregory Campbell and New York's Derek Dorsett dropped the mitts and exchanged a series of blows, following an aggressive puck battle deep in the Rangers zone. The spirited bout saw both fighters give and receive a few solid punches each before the linesman stepped in to break up to two to send them to the sin bin to serve their five-minute majors. The fight marked Campbell's third bout of the year with the first two coming against B.J. Crombeen (Tampa Bay) on October 19th and Jesse Winchester (Florida) on November 7th.  Dorsett's fight with Campbell marked his sixth of the year, which is tied for the first in the league.

With 15:37 to go in the first period, Zdeno Chara was whistled for high-sticking, when he collided with New York's Mats Zuccarello behind the Bruin's net. With eight seconds to go on the Chara infraction, Johnny Boychuk was called for a hook resulting in a penalty shot for New York's Chris Kreider.  On Kreider's penalty shot attempt, he swung out wide right at an off angle and tried to snap a wrister past Rask, blocker-side, but Rask was able to deflect it wide to keep the B's penalty streak alive, killing off their 33rd straight penalty. Huge save by Tuukka.

7:00 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. NYR

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (11-5-1, 1.64 GAA, .944 Save %) vs. Lundqvist (6-8-0, 2.41 GAA, .919 Save %). Rask is 3-3-3 with a 2.10 GAA and .928 save % with one shutout in nine career games against the Rangers. Lundqvist is 21-7-2 with a 1.67 GAA and .943 save % with six shutouts in 30 career games against Boston.

BRUINS VS RANGERS LIFETIME: The B’s and Rangers will meet for the 632nd time tonight with the Bruins holding a 285-240-97-9 record and a 1,985-1,839 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 119-140-55-3 in their 317 lifetime meetings against the Rangers in New York, with the Rangers holding a scoring advantage of 968-882 in those contests. 19 of the last 24 games between between these teams have been decided by one goal, including six 1-0 decisions. The B's have not swept the Rangers in a season series since the 1982-83 season.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has allowed one goal or fewer in 10 out of his 17 appearances this season.  Entering tonight, Rask's .944 save percentage ranks fourth in the NHL, while his 1.64 GAA ranks third.

MILESTONES APPROACHING: Patrice Bergeron is expected to play in his 600th NHL game tonight, all of which have come as a Boston Bruin.

STREAKING: Bruins forward Loui Eriksson enters tonight riding a six-game point streak, recording two goals and five assists during that time.

RANGERS NOTEBOOK: Forward Rick Nash is expected to be back in the lineup tonight after missing the previous 17 games due to injury...The Rangers have held opponent to two or fewer goal in 11 of the last 13 games and 12 of the last 15…Centerman Brad Richards enters tonight leading the Rangers in scoring, with 6-10=16 totals through 20 games…Goaltender Cam Talbot is 4-0-0 with a 1.46 GAA, .951% and one shutout in his last four starts…Forward Derek Stepan has recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last 10 games.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 10-for-52 (19.2%, T-15th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 56-for-64 (87.5%, 2nd NHL)… Rangers power play: 12-for-69 (17.4%, 18th NHL), Rangers penalty kill: 57-for-68 (83.8%, 10th NHL)… The Bruins have killed off 32 consecutive penalties over the course of the last 9+ games after allowing five straight power play goals from October 26 - 30.

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