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game recap

Rangers 3, Bruins 0

Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 9:52 PM

Associated Press

Three Stars of the Game
Henrik Lundqvist
1st
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 38-38
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Ryan Callahan
2nd
Ryan Callahan
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:05
Ryan McDonagh
3rd
Ryan McDonagh
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 26:49

BOSTON (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist made 42 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout of the season, and the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 3-0 on Tuesday night to widen the gap between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers won their fourth straight game and opened a nine-point lead over Boston in the East.

Ryan Callahan scored for the sixth time in four games, and Ryan McDonagh and Artem Anisimov also had goals for the Rangers, who were outshot 42-20. It was Lundqvist's 42nd career shutout.

Tim Thomas made 17 saves for the Bruins, who are 6-7-1 in their last 14 games.

The Rangers won their second straight game in Boston this season, and Lundqvist has been a big reason why. He also beat the Bruins 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 21, and he is 18-5-2 against them in his career, with six shutouts.

Lately, he has been pretty good against everyone: Lundqvist is 7-1 in his last eight games with three shutouts, and he hasn't allowed more than 2 goals in any of those games. His 42 saves were a season high.

Callahan opened the scoring midway through the first period with a power-play goal when he deflected a pass from Michael Del Zotto past Thomas. That gave Callahan 23 goals for the season, tying the career high he set last season.

McDonagh made it 2-0 with just 12 seconds left in the first. It stayed that way until Anisimov skated in on the right side, faked the crossing pass to Del Zotto and snapped off a quick wrist shot past Thomas' glove to make it 3-0 with 17:07 left in the game. It was Anisimov's 100th career NHL point.

Boston had two good chances to spoil the shutout, first in second period during a scramble in front of the net that left Milan Lucic celebrating. But referee Dave Jackson never lost sight of the puck that was loose in the crease amid the tangle of bodies, and play continued; replays showed he was correct.

Midway through the third, Dennis Seidenberg's shot seemed to go in, but it was actually caught in the padding at the side of the net.

Notes: The Bruins open a six-game road trip in Montreal on Wednesday night. ... Fifteen of the previous 18 games between these teams had been decided by one goal. Six went to overtime. ... The Rangers are 50-29-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including 19-5-2 against the Bruins. ... Rangers F Brandon Dubinsky left the ice after being hit in the face with a deflected puck with about 4 minutes left.

--- With edits from BostonBruins.com

scoring summary
1st Period
10:09
NYR
PPG - Ryan Callahan (23) Tip-in - ASST: Michael Del Zotto (23), Marian Gaborik (22)
1 - 0 NYR
19:48
NYR
Ryan McDonagh (6) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:53
NYR
Artem Anisimov (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (19), Anton Stralman (9)
3 - 0 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
09:21
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Closing hand on puck
2nd Period
17:40
BOS
Rich Peverley  Roughing against  Marc Staal
17:40
NYR
Marc Staal  Roughing against  Rich Peverley
3rd Period
01:04
BOS
Milan Lucic  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Brandon Prust
01:04
NYR
Brandon Prust  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Milan Lucic
18:10
NYR
Steve Eminger  Tripping against  Andrew Ference
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
27-11-4
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 42EV: 38 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
23-11-0
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 17EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0