November 19, 2013

Rask, Bruins stymie Rangers in 2-1 victory

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Tuukka Rask had his busiest game of the season, just how he likes it.

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Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) threatening in the third period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) defends on the play as the Bruins defeated the Rangers 2-1.

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Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) celebrates with Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) after scoring a goal in the second period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. The Bruins defeated the rangers 2-1.

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Rask, playing on a second straight night, stopped all but one of the season-high 44 shots the Boston Bruins allowed and lifted his club to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Rask gave up just a rare power-play goal to Derick Brassard in the second period, but made the offense provided by Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille stand up as the Bruins earned their sixth win in seven games.

"The first two (periods), we were really playing with fire," Rask said of the 33-13 shots edge the Rangers had through 40 minutes. "We gave them a lot of opportunities, but then in the third we fixed that.

"I usually feel better the second night, but I don't think you need that many shots every time you play the back to backs."

The Rangers put extra heat on the Bruins, who played most of the game with only five defensemen after Dennis Seidenberg was injured early in the first.

Rask was up to the task, and he set the tone when he stopped Chris Kreider's penalty shot.

"I don't know if it was any momentum changer," Rask said. "They had four or five breakaways. It obviously helps, and we kind of felt like we survived that first period being 0-0, so maybe it had something to do with it."

Kreider recorded four shots in the game to earn Third Star honors. All he had to show for it was an assist on Brassard's goal.

"I have to give him a lot of credit. He had a great game, and he is a great goaltender," the 22-year-old Kreider said of Rask. "I am confident in my ability to shoot a hockey puck. When I hit my spot, it tends to go in.

"When your linemates are giving you opportunities and helping you get chances, you need to finish. You need to reward them."

The Bruins (14-6-1) finished a 2-1 road trip, after winning at Carolina on Monday, and spoiled the return to the Rangers lineup of star forward Rick Nash.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots, but most of the action was at the other end. The Rangers have only two goals in three games, splitting a pair of 1-0 decisions in the previous two. New York has dropped three in a row at home.

Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or fewer in nine of his 15 starts, but he is only 6-9 overall and 4-5 at home.

The Rangers had won 11 of 15 against the Bruins, who knocked them out of last season's playoffs. The teams have played one-goal games in 20 of the past 25 meetings.

"It's tough," Lundqvist said. "We have to accept that a lot of games are going to be low-scoring. I just have to try to cut down one goal, but I feel like I'm doing the right things."

Rask was still sharp in the third period when the Bruins killed a cross-checking penalty against Brad Marchand, who shoved Mats Zuccarello from behind into the boards in front of the Rangers bench.

Nash skated well and had several scoring chances in his return from a 17-game absence caused by a concussion sustained in New York's third game of the season on Oct. 8.

He finished with five shots on goal.

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New York Rangers right wing Derek Dorsett (15) collides with Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) as Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) watches in the second period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Dorsett was penalized for interference on the play.

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