NEW YORK (AP) – Ryan Strome had one goal and two assists and Chris Kreider had one goal and one assist in New York’s second-half by three goals, leading the Rangers to a 6-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.
Julian Gauthier, Colin Blackwell, Pavel Buchnevich and Jonny Brodzinski also scored goals to help the Rangers take their third win in four games. Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren had two assists each and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 shots to improve to 2-0-2 in his last four starts.
With fans back at Madison Square Garden for the first time this season, the Rangers Bruins struck for the first time in three meetings. Boston was 5-0-1 in their last six games with the Rangers.
After the game, the Rangers gathered in the center of the ice to greet the 1,800 fans in attendance before they drove off. Some players gave their sticks to some fans.
Brad Marchand had one goal and one assist, Patrice Bergeron scored and David Pastrnak had two assists for Boston. Tuukka Rask ended the Bruins’ fourth loss in five games with 28 saves.
The Bruins, who lost 7-2 to the New York Islanders on Thursday night, had given up no more than four goals in their first 16 games.
With Boston 1-0 down, Jack Studnicka almost scored the goal with a shot off the crossbar at the start of the second half.
The Rangers doubled their lead shortly afterwards. In a hurry, Alexis Lafreniere sent a cross-ice pass to Strome, who tapped it past Rask for the sixth time at 2:32 a.m. from the right. Lafreniere, the top overall winner in the 2020 NHL draft, received his first career sponsorship.
Bergeron pulled the Bruins to 2-1 just 90 seconds later and scored from the right door before Pastrnak’s pass from the left circle.
Charlie Coyle hit a goal post on a Bruins power play around 6:50.
Blackwell tipped Adam Fox’s one-timer from a power play point to increase the lead to 3-1, with 1: 8 left on the second. It was Blackwell’s third goal in five games.
Kreider put Rangers ahead by three goals just 12 seconds later when his shot deflected off Coyle’s left skate from a sharp angle and passed Rask for the ninth time. Kreider, who had his third career hat-trick against Philadelphia on Tuesday night, scored for the third time in a row.
Buchnevich made it 5-1 with a tip-in 1:45 in the third, and Brodzinski got his first with the Rangers when he hit on a diving tip of a pass from Kevin Rooney at 3:43.
Marchand got the Bruins within four of walking in and knocking the ricochet of Pastrnak’s shot at 7:51 for his 10th. It was Marchand’s 300th career goal.
Gauthier brought the Rangers on the scoreboard with 6:44 in the first round and shot a shot from the left circle between a shielded rask and the left post for his second career goal.
Kreider, who had his third career hat-trick against Philadelphia on Tuesday night, scored for the third time in a row. He has five goals and one assist this distance. … Strome extended his points streak to four games.
The Bruins are 3-21 on power play in their last eight games, after playing 12-34 in their first 10 games.
The Rangers scored a power play goal for the fourth game in a row, going 5 to 19 over that distance. They were 2 for 31 over their previous 10 games.
Bergeron’s goal earned him 889 career points and broke a tie with Bobby Orr to take sole ownership of fifth place on the Bruins’ franchise list.
Bruins: At the New York Rangers on Sunday to open a two-game series.
Rangers: Boston hosted Sunday to complete a two-game series.
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