Bruins try to avoid 3rd straight loss in clash with Rangers
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins seek to avoid a third loss in as many games following the Olympic break as they visit the New York Rangers on Sunday night.
Boston won seven of nine before the league went on hiatus during the Winter Olympics and has returned with back-to-back losses while yielding nine goals in that span. The Bruins were bested 5-4 in overtime at Buffalo on Wednesday before dropping a 4-2 decision to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
The Bruins, who are 3-1-2 in their last six, lead Montreal by just four points for first place in the Atlantic Division after the Canadiens bested the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Boston yielded a pair of power-play goals to Washington's Alex Ovechkin yesterday while getting goals itself from Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton.
Tuukka Rask gave up all four goals on 31 shots in his first game since winning a bronze medal with Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"For sure, it wasn't our best game," said Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara. "We could've probably done a number of things differently, and better. We have to learn from games like this, especially against an opponent like this."
The Rangers also aim to rebound tonight after falling 4-2 to the hosting Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard had second- period goals to tie the game, but Henrik Lundqvist was bested four times on 31 shots.
Lundqvist was making his first start since helping Sweden to a silver medal in Sochi, while Brassard pushed his point streak to eight straight games. He has five goals and five assists in that span.
The Rangers, though, lost for only the second time in their last eight games.
"We had a decent start in the sense that we forced them to take a couple of penalties," said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault. "Our power play could have given us the lead there, but their goaltender mad some big saves."
New York now leads Philadelphia by just one point for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Rangers have lost their first two encounters with the Bruins this season, 2-1 in New York on Nov. 19 and 3-2 in Boston 10 days later.
The Bruins have lost eight of their last 11 in New York.
03/02 10:22:22 ET