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Boston Bruins 2, New York Rangers 4 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:24 AM

Associated Press

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Boston Bruins 2, New York Rangers 4 FINAL
Boston Bruins 2, New York Rangers 4

NEW YORK (AP) -- Somehow Mike Dunham kept Patrice Bergeron from putting the tying goal into the New York Rangers' net.

Bobby Holik and Petr Nedved each scored twice, but it is my Dunham's key stop in the final minute that preserved the Rangers' 4-2 victory Monday night over the Boston Bruins.

Holik's empty-net goal at 19:14 of the third period sealed the victory. Just before, Dunham made a lunging toe stop to deny Bergeron's attempt at the tying goal. Bergeron fired at a seemingly open net from the slot.

"It's frustrating to lose this game," the 18-year-old Bergeron said. "The puck was right there but it wouldn't go in."

Even Dunham wasn't certain why it didn't find the net.

"I'm not sure if it was my toe or the outside of my pad," Dunham said. "It hit some part in that area. I was lucky."

The Rangers improved to 8-5-2-2 at home and are 3-3 in their last six overall.

"It was good," Rangers coach Glen Sather said. "Dunham made a couple of great saves. Petr scored a couple of great goals. We got a good effort from a lot of guys tonight. We knew they'd be a desperate hockey team. It was a tough game."

Boston has just one win in 10 games (1-5-4) and two in the last 15 games (2-7-5-1).

"Our go-to guys seem to be having trouble finding the back of the net right now," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "We had some great opportunities to score. We've just got to keep going to the net and putting the puck toward the net to get some ugly ones here and build some momentum."

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead at 5:54 of the first period on a power-play goal by Bergeron, his seventh. Joe Thornton blasted a shot from the slot that Dunham stopped, but Bergeron converted the rebound from just to the right of the goal crease. The assist was Thornton's 25th of the season.

"I went to the front of the net and I was trying to get a rebound," Bergeron said.

Holik's eighth goal at 10:52 tied it 1-1 after a wild scramble around the Boston net.

Darius Kasparaitis took a low screen shot that bounced off the right post through Andrew Raycroft's legs and out in front of the net. Holik dived across the crease to lift the puck over Raycroft's pad just as the net was being dislodged. A video replay showed the puck crossed the line before the net was off the post.

"The win was very important," Holik said. "We don't have time to lose a point here and there. We have to win."

New York went ahead 2-1 on Nedved's eighth at 12:38. With the Rangers on a power play, Nedved took a pass from Boris Mironov in the right circle and let go a hard wrist shot that beat Raycroft high to the stick side.

Kasparaitis set up Nedved's ninth at 1:26 of the second period with a perfect cross-ice pass from the left point to the right circle. Nedved shot as he circled, and the puck glanced off Raycroft's shoulder into the net.

"This was a big win for us," Nedved said. "We didn't want to give this team any confidence. We wanted to have a good start, which we did and we had some really good chances. They struck first but we came back with three goals and brought it back."

P.J. Axelsson pulled Boston within 3-2 at 16:08 with a brilliant offensive move for his third goal. Axelsson took a pass at center ice from Bergeron, split the Rangers defense, and beat Dunham high on the stick side.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:54
BOS
PPG - Patrice Bergeron (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Thornton (25), Brian Rolston (11)
1 - 0 BOS
10:52
NYR
Bobby Holik (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Darius Kasparaitis (6)
1 - 1 Tie
12:38
NYR
PPG - Petr Nedved (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Boris Mironov (3), Eric Lindros (12)
2 - 1 NYR
2nd Period
01:26
NYR
Petr Nedved (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Darius Kasparaitis (7), Jan Hlavac (10)
3 - 1 NYR
16:08
BOS
P.J. Axelsson (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (13), Jeff Jillson (8)
3 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
19:14
NYR
EN - Bobby Holik (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Matthew Barnaby (9), Boris Mironov (4)
4 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
04:11
NYR
Alex Kovalev  Hi-sticking against  Joe Thornton
11:03
BOS
P.J. Axelsson  Hooking - Obstruction against  Jed Ortmeyer
16:36
BOS
Doug Doull  Roughing against  Darius Kasparaitis
19:49
BOS
Ian Moran  Fighting (maj) against  Matthew Barnaby
19:49
BOS
Sean O'Donnell  Roughing against  Eric Lindros
19:49
NYR
Eric Lindros  Hi-sticking against  Sean O'Donnell
19:49
NYR
Matthew Barnaby  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Moran
2nd Period
03:06
NYR
Martin Rucinsky  Tripping against  Jeff Jillson
07:09
NYR
Tom Poti  Holding the stick against  Mike Knuble
08:45
BOS
Joe Thornton  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mike Dunham
3rd Period
00:59
BOS
Hal Gill  Holding the stick against  Eric Lindros
01:44
NYR
Eric Lindros  Holding against  Ian Moran
10:51
BOS
Sean O'Donnell  Hi-sticking against  Bobby Holik
10:51
NYR
Bobby Holik  Cross checking against  Sean O'Donnell
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 28TOI: 58:58
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0
Mike Dunham
Mike Dunham
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0