BOSTON (AP) -- Sergei Samsonov scored a goal and added two assists to lead
the Boston Bruins past the New York Rangers 5-2 Monday afternoon for their
sixth win in seven games.
The Bruins scored twice in the opening 5:14, improving to 7-1-1-0 since Jan.
1 and 5-0-1-0 in their last six home games.
Joe Thornton put Boston ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal 2:03 into the first
period, burying a rebound for his 11th of the season. The Bruins pushed their
lead to 2-0 just 3:11 later. Brian Rolston took a feed from Nick Boynton at
center ice for a breakaway and scored his 13th goal of the season on a
backhanded flip after faking out Mike Dunham.
Glen Murray put Boston ahead 3-0 in the second period with a wrister from
Things got ugly following Murray's goal, as the teams combined for 44
penalty minutes during a 2:29 stretch midway through the second. Eric Lindros
knocked Thornton out of the game with a right upper cut that lacerated his
face, and Boston's Doug Doull received a game misconduct for charging at Petr
Nedved. Boston's Dan McGillis also was sent off for kneeing Darius Kasparaitis.
Chris Simon got New York on the board later in the second, but Samsonov
answered with his 10th goal of the season 2:04 later.
Jiri Slegr, in his first game for the Bruins since being acquired from
Vancouver on Saturday, picked up a goal in the third. Lindros completed the
scoring with his 10th of the season with 9:10 left.
Andrew Raycroft made 34 saves for Boston, the 19th time in 29 complete games
this season in which he's allowed two goals or fewer.
Notes: Boston killed off a five-minute Rangers power play in the second period
that included a 3:49 stretch in which New York was on a five-on-three. ...
Before the game, the Bruins honored Willie O'Ree, who became the first black
player in NHL history when he suited up for Boston on Jan. 18, 1958. ... The
Bruins and Rangers wore vintage jerseys from the 1970s for the game. ...
Rangers center Mark Messier, who turned 43 on Sunday, is tied for sixth in the
NHL with three short-handed goals.