NHL Game Summary - Boston at NY Rangers
(Saturday, March 17th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 7, Boston 0
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and Sean Avery had a goal and three assists as the New York Rangers destroyed the Boston Bruins, 7-0, at Madison Square Garden.
Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist and Ryan Callahan scored his first two NHL goals for the Rangers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Jaromir Jagr had three assists in the game and reached the 900-assist plateau for his career. He is the 17th player in NHL history to reach that mark.
New York now has 79 points and currently resides in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Islanders, Montreal and Toronto.
"Our power play was amazing tonight," said Lundqvist. "We crashed the net and took care of the rebounds. It's a good win tonight after a tough loss last night. I feel good and the guys are playing great in front of me. "
Tim Thomas started in net but was pulled after giving up three goals for the Bruins, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Andy McDonald spent time in net and stopped seven-of-11 shots. Thomas returned to finish the game in the third period and wound up making 25 saves.
New York was winning, 1-0, to start the second frame and blew the game wide open with six goals in the middle stanza.
Avery got things rolling with an even-strength goal just 2:41 in and a little over two minutes later Jagr dropped a no-look pass to the low slot where Petr Prucha swept the puck into the net for another power-play goal for a 3-0 lead.
Thomas was pulled after the goal and McDonald took over duties between the pipes.
"It was definitely a snowball effect in the second period," said Thomas. "It is a game of momentum and the Rangers had that tonight."
Callahan notched his first career NHL goal when he banged in a rebound from in front of the net just 30 seconds after Prucha's goal.
Less than five minutes later Cullen scored a power play goal and just 32 seconds after that Cullen's wrist shot from the left circle went over the shoulder of McDonald for another power-play goal and a 6-0 lead.
"We weren't happy with our first period," said Cullen. "It was really nice to get off to a good start in the second and get the momentum on our side."
The Rangers completed the outburst when Callahan received the puck all alone down low, deked to the backhand and lifted the puck over the left pad of McDonald for a 7-0 lead with 38 seconds left in the second.
All the third period saw was a pair of fights as the Rangers clamped down and held Boston to just six shots.
The Rangers got on the board in the first period with a power play goal when Michael Nylander sent a pass from the deep right boards to the low slot where Michal Rozsival got the puck cutting in from the point and one-timed it past Thomas just 3:07 into the game.
Lundqvist stopped 13 shots in the first period.
New York forward Martin Straka left the game in the first period with a leg injury and did not return...New York hosts Pittsburgh on Monday...Boston travels to Montreal for a game on Tuesday...The Rangers have won seven straight against Boston...It was the sixth shutout in Lundqvist's career...The Rangers tied a season-high with the seven goals. Also, the game was the largest margin of victory this season and the team scored four power play goals, which set a season-high...Lundqvist notched his 30th win of the season to join Hall of Famer Ed Giacomin as the only Rangers goaltenders to post consecutive 30-win seasons...This was the Rangers largest margin of victory since they won November 10, 1998 in Tampa Bay, 10-2. Also, the last time Rangers scored six gaols in a period was December 15, 1999 against the Kings.
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