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Rangers 3, Bruins 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 3, Bruins 2
New York Rangers 3, Boston Bruins 2

BOSTON (AP) - A couple of flukey goals and a defenseman scores on a clean breakaway. Things were bouncing right for the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Artem Anisimov and Alex Frolov scored off bouncing pucks 25 seconds apart in the first period, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots, and the Rangers held off the Boston Bruins 3-2.

Defenseman Marc Staal also scored for the Rangers, who posted their second straight road win, when he came out of the penalty box and scored on a breakaway.

"A clear-cut breakaway from the blue line, definitely my first," Staal said, smiling. "I picked it up. I didn't know how close (Zdeno) Chara was to me, so I just tried to get away as fast as I could and go to the old trusty backhander. I don't get breakaways often, but I used it in junior every now and then, and in shootouts, and it's worked, so that's what I went to."

Chara and Nathan Horton had goals for the Bruins, whose four-game winning streak was snapped.

In a spirited first period, highlighted by three fights, numerous breakouts and hard hits, the Rangers jumped ahead 2-0 on the goals by Anisimov and Frolov.

Anisimov's power-play goal made it 1-0 at 11:34. He batted the puck with a backhanded swipe over goalie Tuuka Rask's left shoulder after the puck bounced into the air. The goal held up to a video review when it was determined that Anisimov's stick wasn't above the crossbar when he struck the puck.

Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg attempted to clear the puck in front of his net, but hit Frolov's lower body. The puck bounced over Rask to make it 2-0.

But it was Staal's goal that had the Rangers in a joyful mood.

The Rangers increased their lead to 3-1 on Staal's goal after Chara scored for Boston late in the first. Staal came out of the penalty box, picked up a loose puck near the Bruins' blue line and skated in on a breakaway, slipping a backhander past Rask 48 seconds into the second.

"When you have a forward (Brandon Dubinsky) and a D, you think the D's going to give the puck to the forward," Lundqvist said, breaking into a laugh. "But Staalsie just took off and he made a great move there."

Rask, making his first start since a season-opening 5-2 loss to Phoenix in the Czech Republic, made 27 saves.

"We felt good about his game," Boston coach Claude Julien said of his goalie's long layoff. "With a little luck, he would have had his first win tonight."

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference thought a poor start hurt Boston as much as the lucky goals.

"They were tough goals, but we were outplayed in the first period," he said. "It's tough to take a whole period of hockey and talk about two goals."

Skating with their second two-man advantage of the first period, the Bruins cut the deficit to 2-1 when Chara fired a slap shot from the right point inside the left post with 5 seconds left.

Horton's goal cut it to 3-2 midway into the period.

The Bruins had few good chances in the third. They pulled Rask with 43 seconds left for an extra skater, but managed just one long shot.

The Rangers, who handed Toronto its first loss of the season on Thursday, were without injured top forwards Marian Gaborik, Vinny Prospal and Chris Drury.

Notes: Rangers LW Brandon Prust was hit in the face by a high stick from Gregory Campbell in the second period, drawing a double minor. Rangers coach John Tortorella said he was taken to the hospital to have an eye injury evaluated. No further information was available. ... Horton has at least one point in each of Boston's six games, matching his career high. ... Rangers RW Ryan Callahan earned his 100th career point with a second-period assist. ... Boston D Johnny Boychuk headed to the dressing room after getting slashed by Dubinsky in the first period. He came back for a few shifts later in the period, but missed the rest of the game because of a hand injury. Julien said the team will know more Sunday. ... Boston had killed 14 consecutive penalties until Anisimov's goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:34
NYR
PPG - Artem Anisimov (3) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (2), Michal Rozsival (3)
1 - 0 NYR
12:01
NYR
Alex Frolov (2) ASST: Michael Sauer (1), Erik Christensen (1)
2 - 0 NYR
19:55
BOS
PPG - Zdeno Chara (2) ASST: Mark Recchi (4), Nathan Horton (4)
2 - 1 NYR
2nd Period
00:48
NYR
Marc Staal (1) ASST: Ryan Callahan (4)
3 - 1 NYR
12:27
BOS
Nathan Horton (5) ASST: David Krejci (6), Dennis Seidenberg (2)
3 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
04:20
BOS
Mark Stuart  Fighting against  Sean Avery
04:20
NYR
Sean Avery  Fighting against  Mark Stuart
04:20
NYR
Sean Avery  Instigator against  Mark Stuart
04:20
NYR
Sean Avery  Misconduct
05:34
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Slashing against  Johnny Boychuk
11:20
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg  Tripping against  Derek Stepan
12:37
NYR
Derek Boogaard  Fighting against  Shawn Thornton
12:37
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting against  Derek Boogaard
13:02
BOS
Milan Lucic  Interference against  Alex Frolov
15:17
NYR
Brandon Prust  Fighting against  Milan Lucic
15:17
BOS
Milan Lucic  Fighting against  Brandon Prust
18:34
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Holding against  Blake Wheeler
18:39
NYR
Marc Staal  Slashing against  Tyler Seguin
2nd Period
07:04
NYR
Brandon Prust  Hooking against  Matt Hunwick
09:59
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Slashing against  Derek Stepan
13:46
NYR
Derek Boogaard  Boarding against  Mark Stuart
19:30
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Hi stick - double minor against  Brandon Prust
3rd Period
06:25
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Slashing against  Ryan Callahan
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
2-2-1
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .946SH: 5 - 5
Tuukka Rask
SA: 30TOI: 58:54
Saves: 27EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2