November 29, 2013

Boston Bruins score 3-2 comeback win over Rangers

By Ken Powtak
The Associated Press

BOSTON – Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara gave his team a spark with his rare fight. Then he won the game with his usual blistering slap shot.

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Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara celebrates his winning goal during the third period of Boston’s 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Boston on Friday.

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New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider (20) deflects a shot as Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask of Finland defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Friday.

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Chara and Patrice Bergeron scored third-period goals to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 comeback win over the New York Rangers on Friday.

With just under 9 minutes left, Chara unloaded a low slap shot from straight away about 10 feet inside the blue line that beat Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist between his pads.

After he fired his shot, Chara was knocked to the ice. When the puck went into the net, while still on his knees, he pumped his fists in the air in celebration.

“I saw an opening. I put a puck on net as quick and as hard as I could,” said the 6-foor-9 Chara, still in uniform standing at his locker. “It was a good job by everybody.”

In the second period, Chara squared off with the Rangers’ Brian Boyle, knocking him to the ice and bringing a loud roar from the sellout TD Garden crowd. It was Chara’s first fighting major of the season.

“I feel it’s been a while since the last time we’ve had a fight like that,” Boston goalie Tuukka Rask said. “It usually happens in the blink of an eye. It gives a team a boost and really wakes up a crowd, a crowd gets really loud. I think as a team — I can’t say we woke up — but it definitely gave us an extra boost and we never looked back after that.”

Brad Marchand also scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins, who improved to 9-2-2 in their last 13 games.

Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh scored for the Rangers, who completed a five-game road trip 3-2.

Rask stopped 17 shots for Boston, which hasn’t lost in regulation at home in its last 10 games (8-0-2).

Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who played their first game in Boston since the Bruins eliminated them in five games in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last spring.

“I don’t think we played the way we needed to in the second or the third,” Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said. “They seemed to be all over us and they eventually get the tying goal and the winning goal there. We’ve got to be better in the second and third. It wasn’t good enough.”

Boston had tied it 2-2 on Bergeron’s goal early in the third period. His shot was stopped by Lundqvist, but caromed into the net off defenseman Dan Girardi, who was in front with the Bruins Loui Eriksson.

“It’s nice to get one of those,” Bergeron said. “I haven’t got one in a while.”

Chara pushed Boston ahead later with his shot that Lundqvist said he misplayed.

“Bad read. For some reason, I was reading a high shot and then just made a bad move,” Lundqvist said. “Instead of playing it the way I should, I read his stick, and I thought it was going high. I don’t know if he fell down or kind of missed it, but it definitely fooled me a little bit. Tough one.”

The Bruins were called for too many men on the ice with 4 1/2 minutes left, but held the Rangers without any good scoring chances.

With New York trailing 1-0 in the first period, Nash and McDonagh scored 1:22 apart. Nash, playing his sixth game after missing 17 with a concussion sustained on Oct. 8, tied it when he spun around near the right circle and slipped a wrister inside the left post.

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