NEW YORK (AP) -Christopher Higgins' tiebreaking goal with 1:29 left rescued the New York Rangers, lifting them to a 3-2 victory over Boston after the Bruins scored twice late in the third period Monday night.
The Rangers appeared to be cruising to just their second win in 10 home games when Boston struck for two goals 1:26 apart. New York escaped when Higgins sneaked his fifth of the season past goalie Tuukka Rask.
Boston trailed 2-0 when defending Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara went to the penalty box with 6:32 left and gave the Rangers their fifth power play. Instead of putting the game away, the Rangers let the Bruins back in it.
Defenseman Matt Hunwick cut the deficit to 2-1 by scoring a short-handed goal with 5:27 remaining, then assisted on Blake Wheeler's shot over goalie Henrik Lundqvist's glove that tied it at 15:59.
Higgins was the third unlikely scorer for the Rangers. Erik Christensen connected for the second time in three games and Ales Kotalik added his first goal in two months.