NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Boston
(Saturday, April 8th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Michael Nylander scored his second goal of the game just 40 seconds into overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.
Nylander also had an assist for the Rangers, who have won three straight and five of their last six to reach 100 points for the sixth time in franchise history. New York also moved five points ahead of Philadelphia for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers lost to Toronto on Saturday night.
Jaromir Jagr notched a goal and two assists in the victory. His 53rd goal of the season set a Ranger record, breaking the previous mark of 52 set by Adam Graves during New York's Stanley Cup season of 1993-94.
"It's a special year for those reasons. Jaromir has just had a tremendous year and has helped us all grow and mature as a team, naturally. And then to get to a 100 points, I'm not sure we predicted that in September," said Rangers head coach Tom Renney.
Brad Boyes scored a pair of goals for the Bruins, who have lost five of their last six. Tim Thomas made 21 saves in defeat.
Boyes' second goal of the game tied it at 3-3 early in the third period and neither team could find the net again in regulation.
The Rangers, though, ended it quickly in the extra period.
Jagr started the play with a pass to Nylander, who worked his way into the Boston zone along the right wing before firing a pass to Tom Poti. The Ranger defenseman moved into the left circle and sent a pass toward the slot. The puck deflected off the stick of Boston's Glen Murray and went to Nylander, who snapped a wrist shot off the crossbar and into the net for his 22nd goal of the season.
"I didn't think the pass was going to [Nylander]," said Thomas. "I thought the pass was going to [Jagr] for a one-timer from the other side. It hit something and stopped and I found out from the replay that it stopped right where he could shoot it and he shot it. It was about five feet from my ear before I could throw my body up."
Kevin Weekes started in net for New York and finished with 23 saves.
The Bruins cashed in a two-man advantage at 4:43 of the opening period to grab the early lead. Boyes was in the slot and tipped a Murray shot home for his first goal of the game.
Mariusz Czerkawski made it 2-0 midway through the stanza. Brad Isbister had a shot from in close stopped, but he chased the puck behind the net and sent a pass into the slot for Czerkawski, who found room inside the left post for his seventh goal.
The Rangers got on the board with 6:25 to play in the first after a Boston turnover. Nylander picked off a pass near the blue line as the Bruins were trying to escape their own zone and he quickly backhanded a pass back to Jagr, who fired a shot from the left circle under the pads of Thomas for his milestone goal.
"It's a little bit of a relief," said Jagr. "I don't think it's is just for me it's for my linemates. I think they feel the pressure too and sometimes they're giving me the puck too much. Maybe they should shoot it and I go for the rebound but now we can just play hockey."
New York tied it just 3:48 into the second period. Jagr raced behind the Boston net and into the low left circle before sending a shot toward the net. Thomas made the initial save, but Nylander was left alone at the top of the crease and flipped the rebound in for his 21st goal.
The Rangers took the lead with just 59 seconds to play in the period, scoring on a power play when Jarkko Immonen tipped in a Poti point shot for his second goal.
Boston tied it 3:51 into the third on Boyes' second goal of the game. He picked up the puck in the right circle and fired a shot that deflected off the stick of Poti before going past Weekes.
Boyes has 26 goals this season...Poti finished with two assists...The Bruins were 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Rangers cashed in once on three chances the extra skater...The Rangers swept the four-game season series.
04/08 18:28:15 ET