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Boston Bruins BOS 1 1 1 3
33 SHOTS 17
31 FACEOFFS 32
15 HITS 33
19 PIM 21
0/3 PP 0/1
7 GIVEAWAYS 10
4 TAKEAWAYS 5
11 BLOCKED SHOTS 15
       

Stepan's winning goal sends Rangers into NHL lead

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 64; Home Game No. 31 Rangers' Record: 42-15-7
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period, and the Rangers held on to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Gaborik gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead 3:14 into the third with his 32nd goal, but David Krejci tied it for Boston at 11:42. The Bruins barely had time to celebrate before Stepan ripped a drive from the left circle that sailed past stunned goalie Tim Thomas and under the crossbar 39 seconds later.

The Rangers topped Boston for the fifth straight time, dating to last season, and opened a 12-point lead over the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Blueshirts' closest pursuer is Atlantic Division-rival Pittsburgh, which is 10 points behind.

Gaborik put the Rangers in front after Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg tried to get the puck out of danger behind the Bruins net. Seidenberg banked the puck off the end boards, but it caromed right to Gaborik, who made a quick shift from forward to backhand at the left post and scored past Thomas.
The Rangers were held to only 17 shots, but got the best of Thomas, who lost for the second straight day. Thomas came on in relief Saturday against the New York Islanders after starter Tuukka Rask was injured. Boston was beaten for the seventh time in 11 games (4-6-1).

Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves and bounced back from a 4-3 overtime loss at Tampa Bay on Friday. Anton Stralman and Carl Hagelin also scored for the Rangers, who have won nine of 13 (9-2-2).

Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron had the other goals for Boston.
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STATS OF THE GAME
The Rangers extended their winning streak against Boston to five games, and have won nine of their last 11 meetings with the Bruins. The Blueshirts are now 3-0-0 against the Bruins this season. Their overall 22-7-2 (46 points) mark at MSG is their best record at home through 31 games since 1993-94 (21-6-4, 46 points).

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Stepan 2. Gaborik 3. Staal


THE BIGGER PICTURE
It just doesn't get much better than this for NHL teams during the regular season. When a team at this level can find all kinds of ways to win game after game after game -- including games vs. the Stanley Cup champions -- it means everything is going right.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Staal (24:28)
Shots -- Gaborik (3)
Hits -- Dubinsky (7)
Blocks -- Staal (3)
Takeaways -- Five players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (23)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. BOSTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Carl Hagelin
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell John Scott
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, Del Zotto, Stralman, Dubinsky, Richards, Hagelin.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan John MItchell
Carl Hagelin Brandon Dubinsky Marian Gaborik
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisiov
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
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