Rangers beat Bruins for 5th time in a row

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) shoots but can't score against the defense of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and right wing Mats Zuccarello (lying on ice, middle) in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Boston.

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in front of defenseman Nick Holden (22) during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. "We did a lot of things well, but not enough obviously", B's coach Bruce Cassidy said.

The Rangers exposed that in the third period, too, as Pavel Buchnevich drew Chara in on a one-on-one battle near the faceoff dot to the left of Rask before he rocketed his seventh goal of the season at 5:10 of the third period to break the draw.

The third loss in as many games against NY this season - by a 12-5 count - dropped the Bruins to 7-2 under Bruce Cassidy and handed the interim coach his first loss in five home games.

Marchand tipped in a pass from David Pastrnak.

"Our starts have been very good", Cassidy said. The Blueshirts are now tied for third place in the Metropolitan Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have two games in hand. "That was a great shot on his goal, it gave us a 1-0 lead". But Lundqvist was good.

Buchnevich, who had two goals, including the overtime victor, and an assist for the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League on Wednesday night, scored 5:10 into the third period. Lindberg scored 4:25 later. "I don't think it was my cleanest game, but it's something I can keep building on", Smith said.

The Bruins did answer back a little over three minutes later, with Marchand recording his 29th goal of the season at 12:56. "He comes up to initiate it, and I look and the ref's arm is in the air - and I sit for the next two minutes in a game where we had tons of momentum and we're making a push at the end". Everybody knows that the B's mission is far from accomplished, and a Thursday night showdown with a Rangers club that's straight-up smacked you around in two prior head-to-heads this season was just another test to truly see where this team is now versus then. The third period production helped them go 14-3-2 in games tied after two periods.

Lundqvist stymied the Bruins on several outstanding chances and improved to 25-12-2 against Boston with a 1.93 goals-against average. In a 5:33 stretch in the middle of the period, some with the Rangers on a power play and some back at five-on-five, the long change and pressure from NY kept B's captain Zdeno Chara on the ice for a total of 3:30 of time on ice in just two shifts.

  • Julie Sanders