NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Boston
(Saturday, March 24th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Boston 1 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Thomas Pock scored with 1:40 to go to send the game into overtime and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 40 shots as the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins, 2-1, in a shootout.
Jaromir Jagr tallied an assist and also scored in the shootout for the Rangers, who have won nine of their last 13 games.
New York tied the game when Jagr forced a turnover and Pock, who gathered the puck, unloaded a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Joey MacDonald to the stick side.
Marc Savard scored the goal and MacDonald stopped 35 shots for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and seven of their last nine games.
"(Joey MacDonald) was excellent, said Boston coach Dave Lewis. "He gave the team a chance to win. We played a much better game than we did in the last three or four games as a group. He made some timely saves but unfortunately we played well enough to win but their goaltender won the game for them."
Savard scored on a rebound of Shean Donovan's misfire with 11:54 left in the second period. The puck rebounded out to Savard, just outside the slot to Lundqvist's right, and Savard quickly shot it in the net before Lundqvist regained his balance from the initial save.
The Bruins had a golden opportunity to win in overtime after Petr Prucha took a tripping call with 1:31 to go. The Rangers, however, remained completely poised and managed to kill the penalty behind four Lundqvist saves.
Michael Nylander beat MacDonald with a backhand on the Rangers first attempt in the shootout. Boston's Marco Sturm was then denied by Lundqvist. New York's Matt Cullen was turned away before Patrice Bergeron put the disc between Lundqvist's legs to tie the shootout at 1-1.
Jagr then beat MacDonald through the five hole and Phil Kessel missed wide, and the Rangers continued to hold the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
"It wasn't an easy game," said Jagr. "It looked like we didn't have legs but it's understandable. I thought we've played very good hockey the last three or four weeks. Those games are going to come when you don't have much energy to play but you still have to play for the playoffs. We battled to the end."
Boston had the first 10 shots on goal...Nylander's assist was his 600 career NHL point...The Rangers are 4-0 against the Bruins this season and have outscored them, 18-3, in those matchups. New York has taken eight straight and 11 of the last 14 encounters in the series.
03/24 17:36:14 ET