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Rangers gain on Penguins in Metropolitan Division

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RANGERS MOVE FOUR POINTS AHEAD OF IDLE PENGUINS IN METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Derek Stepan (1-2-3), Mats Zuccarello (1-1-2) and Keith Yandle (0-2-2) all had multiple points to help the New York Rangers improve to 3-1-1 in their past five games.

* At 42-24-8 (92 points), the Rangers increased their lead to four points over the idle Pittsburgh Penguins (40-24-8, 88 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

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NHL Insider

Bruins hit longest losing streak at worst time

Boston carries four-game slide into home game against Florida

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Prior to playing at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand was praising the effort, battle level and desire they've had in the Stanley Cup Playoff race this season compared to last season, when he complained about passengers and players not bringing it every night.

The sentiment from Marchand is all well and good, but the Bruins have eight games to make it matter. They're by no means a lock to make the playoffs, not after losing their season-high fourth game in a row, 5-2 to the New York Rangers.

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game recap

Rangers roll by Bruins, pad playoff lead

New York ahead of Pittsburgh by four points; Boston loses fourth straight

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The power play delivered early and goalie Henrik Lundqvist dazzled often to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. 

Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals in the first 11:39, and Lundqvist made 39 saves to give the Rangers (42-24-8) a second straight win. They defeated the Florida Panthers 4-2 here Monday.

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Lundqvist makes diving save against Stempniak

Rangers goalie denies Bruins forward in third period

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Lundqvist's incredible glove save

BOS@NYR: Lundqvist lunges to make goal-line save

3/23/16: Henrik Lundqvist knocks down Brad Marchand's shot then lunges to make a spectacular goal-line save on Lee Stempniak's rebound attempt

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NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stole the show at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday when he took a goal away from Boston Bruins forward Lee Stempniak.  

With the Rangers leading the Bruins 3-1 in the third period, Boston's Brad Marchand took a shot on Lundqvist, who stopped it with his glove. Stempniak picked up the rebound and appeared to have an open net, but Lundqvist made a lunging glove save.

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Situation Room

Video Review: BOS @ NYR - 3:35 of the Third Period

Video review was inconclusive in determining if puck crossed New York goal line

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Situation Room: BOS vs. NYR

Situation Room: Call of no goal stands after review

3/23/16: After an official review, the call of no goal stands as it is determined that the puck does not cross the goal line

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At 3:35 of the third period in the Bruins/Rangers game, video review was inconclusive in determining if the puck crossed the New York goal line. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Boston.

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Situation Room

Coach's Challenge: BOS @ NYR - 10:55 of 1st Period

Original call is overturned, no goal Bruins

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Situation Room: BOS vs. NYR

Situation Room: Official review overturns goal

3/23/16: After challenge, officials determine Patrice Bergeron was off-side, therefore resulting in no goal for the Bruins

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At 10:55 of the first period in the Bruins/Rangers game, New York requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Boston was off-side prior to Lee Stempniak's goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Boston's Patrice Bergeron was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a 'GOAL' call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an "Off-side" infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed." 

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Rangers' Nash will be in lineup vs. Bruins

New York forward sat out practice Tuesday; Rask to start in goal for Boston

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

BRUINS (39-26-8) at RANGERS (41-24-8)

TV: 8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash will play against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday after skipping practice Tuesday because of soreness.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

Rangers' Zuccarello grateful for 2015-16 season

Forward leads team in scoring 11 months after puck to head caused brain injury

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Eleven months after the puck hit him in the head and knocked the words out of his mouth, New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is leading the Rangers in scoring while still dealing with minor effects of a brain injury that could have jeopardized his career and maybe even his life.

There's the slight slur in his speech, which he didn't have for four days after he was struck in the left side of the head by defenseman Ryan McDonagh's slap shot in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 24, 2015.

Zuccarello's speech returned with the help of a speech therapist. He was diagnosed with a brain contusion. He didn't return to the Rangers lineup until the start of this season.

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Weekes on the Web

Rangers, Bruins need win to bolster playoff push

Longtime rivals face off in Wednesday Night Rivalry game

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The New York Rangers lead the Pittsburgh Penguins by two points for second place in the Metropolitan Division, and the Boston Bruins trail the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning by three points for the Atlantic Division lead. Each team needs points in order to get closer to clinching a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Rangers have made the Eastern Conference Final in each of the past two seasons; the Bruins missed the playoffs last season after making it in each of the previous seven seasons.

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