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New York Rangers 1, Boston Bruins 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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New York Rangers 1, Boston Bruins 3 FINAL
New York Rangers 1, Boston Bruins 3

BOSTON (AP) _ Sergei Gonchar immediately showed how he can bolster the Boston Bruins' power play.

Gonchar scored in his Boston debut, and Joe Thornton had two goals Thursday night to help the Bruins end a four-game winless streak with a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

``It was a relief. You want to do the best you can, and then you score a goal in your first game and the team wins. What else would you want?'' Gonchar said.

Gonchar, the All-Star defenseman acquired Wednesday from Washington, gave Boston a 3-0 lead with a power-play goal 9:51 into the third. He took a pass from newly acquired center and former Capitals teammate Michael Nylander and beat Mike Dunham from just inside the blue line for his eighth goal of the season.

``They are two guys that are going to help our team. But we had success tonight because it was really a collaborative effort,'' Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. ``That's why this team has been successful, and we feel will continue to be successful, and we think these two guys can help us.''

Thornton got both goals in a 4:52 stretch midway through the second period. He opened the scoring at 6:44 with his 18th of the season when he took a cross-ice feed from Jiri Slegr and beat Dunham from the top of the right circle.

Thornton then pushed Boston's lead to 2-0 at 11:36 with a wrister from the left circle.

``The confidence in the room just goes up with adding two guys like that. You have extra jump in your legs and that's what happened tonight,'' Thornton said.

Nylander was obtained earlier Thursday from the Capitals for a second-round draft pick in 2006 and future considerations

In their first game since trading away Brian Leetch, Alex Kovalev and Petr Nedved, the Rangers put just 17 shots on net and went 1-for-6 on the power play. Jaromir Jagr ended Boston's hopes for its first home shutout of the season with a power-play goal at 19:18 of the third period.

``I think there could be some residual effects. I'm OK with the effort, but it has to improve an awful lot,'' Rangers interim coach Tom Renney said.

Slegr had a pair of assists for the Bruins. The two-goal effort was just Thornton's second of the season. He scored twice in a 5-4 win over Atlanta on Feb. 3.

Felix Potvin made 16 saves for Boston. Dunham stopped 26 shots for New York.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Joe Thornton (18) ASST: Jiri Slegr (17), Daniel Mcgillis (17)
1 - 0 BOS
Joe Thornton (19) ASST: Nick Boynton (20)
2 - 0 BOS
3rd Period
PPG - Sergei Gonchar (8) ASST: Michael Nylander (3), Jiri Slegr (18)
3 - 0 BOS
PPG - Jaromir Jagr (26) ASST: Boris Mironov (10), Vladimir Malakhov (15)
3 - 1 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
Fedor Tyutin  Hooking - Obstruction
Michael Nylander  Interference
Doug Doull  Too many men/ice - bench
Michael Nylander  Holding the stick
Sergei Gonchar  Holding
Benoit Dusablon  Hi-sticking
2nd Period
Mark Messier  Hi-sticking
Jiri Slegr  Holding the stick
3rd Period
Dale Purinton  Hi-sticking
Sean O'Donnell  Tripping
goalie stats
Mike Dunham
Mike Dunham
SA: 29TOI: 59:07
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .897SH: 2 - 2
Felix Potvin
Felix Potvin
SA: 17TOI: 60:00
Saves: 16EV: 11 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
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