BOS
49-29-4
NYR
51-24-7

21 SOG
34 SOG

Red-hot Thomas makes Rangers wait for No. 1 clinch

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 79; Home Game No. 40 Rangers' Record: 50-22-7
VIDEO: TORTORELLA POSTGAME
• Full Highlights | Highlight of the Game • Lundqvist, Boyle  | Callahan, Richards, Girardi
GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron scored second-period goals, and Tim Thomas made 33 saves for the Boston Bruins, who clinched the Northeast Division title with a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Sunday night.

Boston also prevented the Rangers from winning the Atlantic Division and securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Blueshirts need only one point in their final three games to finish first.

Marian Gaborik scored his 40th goal of the season early in the first period, but the Rangers couldn't muster much else against the defending Stanley Cup champions, who also locked up the No. 2 seed. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves for the Blueshirts, who lead Pittsburgh by five points.

The Rangers had won four in a row and six of seven. They outshot the Bruins 19-3 in the third period, but couldn't get even.

The Bruins stormed back in the second period, first with a tying goal from Seidenberg and then the go-ahead tally by Bergeron. Boston is now 7-1-1 in its last nine games.

Thomas, who got the day off Saturday, is 5-1-1 in his past seven outings. He made the most of the little bit of offensive support provided by his teammates.

After Brad Richards lost control of the puck as he attempted to carry it out of his own end, the Bruins worked it back around and set up Seidenberg for a slap shot that beat Lundqvist, who appeared to be briefly screened when players crossed in front of him, at 4:00.

Bergeron got help from the Rangers in netting his 22nd of the season during a power play with 8:08 left in the second. Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi had the puck in the corner to the right of Lundqvist, but had it knocked off his stick by Tyler Seguin. He nudged it over to Bergeron, who jammed a shot in at the left post to make it 2-1.

Gaborik gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 4:33 in with no assists from his teammates but a big one from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. The 6-foot-9 defenseman fired a shot from the left point that struck teammate Jordan Caron. Gaborik picked up the loose puck and raced to the other end on a breakaway, beating Thomas between the pads. Gaborik excitedly celebrated his milestone goal, crouching to his knees and pumping his arms.

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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
The game against Boston was the Blueshirts’ 15th and final against an Original Six opponent in the 2011-12 season. The Rangers posted a record of 8-7-0 in those contests. Marian Gaborik, who notched the Rangers’ lone goal this evening, led the team in scoring with eight goals and 14 points against Original Six opponents. Sunday's loss also ended the Rangers’ five-game winning streak against the Bruins. The Rangers are now 9-3-0 against Boston in their last 12 meetings, and 17 of the last 21 meetings between the teams have been decided by one goal, including six games that required extra time and five that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Three of the other four games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals. The Rangers are 10-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.

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


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This was a good tune-up for playoff hockey, regardless of the outcome. Both teams exhibited the classic tight-checking, give-no-ground style that is common to the postseason and, in the end, an outstanding goalie decided it. Better to lose now than later.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Gaborik (23:50)
Shots -- Callahan, Staal (5)
Hits -- Boyle (5)
Blocks -- Mitchell (4)
Takeaways -- Richards (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (22)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. BOSTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Dubinsky, Boyle, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Artem Anisimov
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
Dan Girardi Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Callahan/Fedotenko Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
1st2nd3rdT
BOS
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:33NYR Marian Gaborik (40) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
04:00BOS Dennis Seidenberg (5) ASST: Zdeno Chara (40), Brad Marchand (27) 1 - 1 Tie
11:52BOS PPG - Patrice Bergeron (22) ASST: Tyler Seguin (38) 2 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
NONE
Three Stars of the Game
Tim Thomas
1st
Tim Thomas
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 31-32
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .971SH: 0-0
Zdeno Chara
2nd
Zdeno Chara
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 26:36
Marian Gaborik
3rd
Marian Gaborik
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 23:50
Penalty Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
10:30NYR Michael Del Zotto  Interference against  Rich Peverley
13:03BOS Milan Lucic  Interference against  Anton Stralman
19:07BOS Shawn Thornton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Brian Boyle
3rd Period
00:46BOS Daniel Paille  Delaying Game-Puck over glass against  Brad Richards
04:55NYR John Mitchell  Too many men/ice - bench
shots by period
PeriodBOSNYR
1st75
2nd1110
3rd319
Total2134
Team Stats
CategoryBOSNYR
Power Plays1/20/3
Hits2231
Faceoff Wins3216
Giveaways67
Takeaways39
Blocked Shots919
Penalty Minutes64
  • BOSTON
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
6G. ZanonD0000013:39
12B. RolstonR0000010:48
17M. LucicL00-11216:32
19T. SeguinC0111015:58
20D. PailleL0000210:12
21A. FerenceD0002019:54
22S. ThorntonL000227:40
23C. KellyC0001016:00
27M. MottauD0001012:48
33Z. CharaD0101026:36
37P. BergeronC1012018:09
38J. CaronR00-11015:54
44D. SeidenbergD1003024:53
46D. KrejciC00-12018:25
49R. PeverleyC0002017:33
55J. BoychukD0001019:24
63B. MarchandL0111018:14
67B. PouliotL0000011:21
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30T. Thomas3334.97160:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD0003222:42
5D. GirardiD00-12023:17
8B. PrustL000005:29
10M. GaborikR1003023:50
17B. DubinskyC0001012:17
18M. StaalD0015022:09
19B. RichardsC0003023:10
21D. StepanC0002021:00
22B. BoyleC0002015:58
24R. CallahanR0005021:19
26R. FedotenkoL0001012:52
27R. McDonaghD00-10022:19
32A. StralmanD0011014:24
34J. MitchellC000107:17
41S. BickelD0001010:22
42A. AnisimovC0003016:38
62C. HagelinL0000016:25
71M. RuppL000106:33
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist1921.90558:37