Rangers over Bruins 4-3, Win Three Straight
The New York Rangers have now won three games in a row, after holding on to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. The team found a way to win a close game that they appeared to lose control of. After entering the third period up 3-1, the game was quickly tied by Boston.
That was until about six minutes left in the game, when Nikolai Zherdev scored his 19th of the season and the game winner. Zherdev gathered a rebound from the backboard and slid it past a diving and out of position Manny Fernandez. It was not the only bad goal given up by Fernandez during the game.
The second Rangers goal came on the power play when Scott Gomez managed to put home a shot from the side of the net that looked as if it should have been saved. The third Rangers goal of the game came several minutes later on a Ryan Callahan shot. Fernandez made the save but then could not find the puck, and inadvertently sent the puck across the line while turning around to find it.
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The first period saw lots of back and forth option, and lots of scoring opportunities but no goals. New Rangers player Nik Antropov and team scoring leader Zherdev seem to be playing together excellently. Combined, they present a challenge of speed, power, playmaking and shooting ability that can be tough to match up against.
Antropov broke the scoreless tie three minutes into the second period. It was his first goal as a Rangers player and it came on an assist by Chris Drury. Just two minutes later Boston tied the game at one on a Chuck Kobasew goal that came on a quick breakaway feed from Zdeno Chara.
Gomez then scored his power play goal, with assists from both new Rangers, Antropov and defenseman Derek Morris. Before the end of the period, Callahan notched his 15 th of the season, which was assisted by Avery.
But the Bruins opened the third period with a four minute power play. A shorthanded attempt by the Rangers drew a penalty to create a 4-4 on situation. With plenty of open ice, Chara was left alone at the top left corner of the blue line. He unleashed one of his monster slap shots which found its way past Henrik Lundqvist to bring the Bruins within one.
Since the Bruins had a four minute power play, by the time their player was out of the box they still had another minute of 5 on 4 hockey. They would take advantage, as Micahel Ryder scored his 23rd of the season, on a cross ice feed from Marc Savaard.
After taking back the lead on the Zherdev goal, the Rangers then had to survive a tense final minute and a half. With Fernandez sent to the Boston bench and the net left empty, Sean Avery was called for an interference penalty while chasing a loose puck to prevent an icing call. The Rangers survived the final power play of the game, tallying another two crucial points in the standings.
By: Jake Emen
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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