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Henrik Lundqvist 10th in history with Rangers win

Makes 32 saves to defeat Bruins, ties Grant Fuhr at 403 victories

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, and Pavel Buchnevich and Oscar Lindberg scored for the New York Rangers in a 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday. 

Lundqvist, on his 35th birthday, won his 403rd game to tie Grant Fuhr for 10th in NHL history. Lundqvist also tied Martin Brodeur's record for most wins by a goaltender in his first 12 NHL seasons.

The Rangers (41-21-2), who were outshot 33-21, had lost two in a row.

 

WATCH: All Rangers vs. Bruins highlights

 

"All I wanted today was to win, to be honest with you," Lundqvist said. "My wife asked me the other day, 'What do you want for your birthday?' 'I don't know, nothing.' But then today, I want to win, that's all. I want to come here and play my best and try to help the team get a win. 

"It's tough to lose two at home, you want to feel good about your game, you want to feel good about where we are. And so I tried to leave everything out there today, and in the end up we came up with some big plays, some big blocks, and it wasn't pretty at times but we found a way."

The Rangers tied the Pittsburgh Penguins for third place in the Metropolitan Division with 84 points. The Penguins have two games in hand.

Buchnevich scored his first goal in 13 games at 5:10 of the third period to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. He had two goals, including one in overtime, and one assist for Hartford in a 4-3 American Hockey League win against Springfield on Wednesday.

"We were told he was Hartford's best player [Wednesday] night," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. "Came in tonight and I thought he played a strong game."

Lindberg made it 2-0 at 9:35 with a shot from the right hash mark.

The Bruins beat Lundqvist with their 30th shot when Brad Marchand tapped in a rebound of a David Pastrnak attempt to make it 2-1 at 12:56. 

Tuukka Rask made 19 saves for Boston (33-25-6), which had won three in a row. The Bruins lost for the second time in nine games under coach Bruce Cassidy (7-2-0).

The Bruins outshot the Rangers 9-3 in the first period but didn't score a first-period goal for the first time in 11 games.

"We had a chance to take the lead and extend the lead in the first period," Cassidy said. "We were the better team, had the better chances, gave up nothing. But Lundqvist was good, he's a good goalie, a very good goalie. And he showed it tonight and he gave them a chance to win."

The Bruins are two points behind the Ottawa Senators for second place in the Atlantic Division; the Senators defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-1.

 

Goal of the game 

Buchnevich stepped up to the right faceoff dot and scored with a slap shot high to the short side over Rask's glove.

Video: NYR@BOS: Buchnevich unloads rocket slapper into twine

 

Save of the game 

Patrice Bergeron tested Lundqvist with a slap shot through traffic from the high slot, and the goaltender gloved the puck at 18:23 of the second period.

 

Highlight of the game 

Lundqvist stopped Colin Miller's slap shot from the right point and then dove to his right to save Pastrnak's backhand on the rebound 8:05 into the third period.

Video: NYR@BOS: Lundqvist denies C. Miller with quick glove

 

Unsung performance of the game 

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh had four shots, four hits and three blocked shots in 27:16 of ice time. He made his biggest block on a Pastrnak shot in tight with 3:26 remaining in the third period.

 

They said it 

"You know it's kind of tough to learn a system in a couple days. I think the big reason [I was comfortable] is [Ryan McDonagh] helped me out so much. He's such a fantastic player and he was talking to me the whole time. There's a couple bugaboos I want to get out of my game, but I'm happy with how I did." -- Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith, who was traded to New York by the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday 

 

"It was a highly skilled play. We hadn't made lot of them, so it caught my attention." -- Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on Oscar Lindberg's goal

 

Video: NYR@BOS: Lindberg carves up defense for gorgeous goal

 

Need to know

Forward Michael Grabner, who leads the Rangers with 26 goals, missed the game with a hip injury sustained in practice Wednesday. He's day to day. ... Marchand has a four-game point streak (four goals, four assists).

 

What's next

Rangers: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, TVA Sports, MSG, NHL.TV)

Bruins: Host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, MSG+, NHL.TV)

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