NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 9th (All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (35-25-7) at New York Rangers (35-24-9), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers will shoot for their sixth victory in seven games today, when they welcome the Boston Bruins for a matinee matchup between Original Six teams at Madison Square Garden.
New York has registered a point in 11 straight outings (8-0-3) and is tied with Boston for sixth place in the East with 79 points. The clubs are also just one point ahead of eighth-seeded Philadelphia.
The Rangers are also still in the race for the Atlantic Division crown, as they trail New Jersey by seven points for first place.
The Rangers' latest triumph came Thursday evening against the rival Islanders as Sean Avery scored two goals to help the Blueshirts split a home-and-home series with a 4-1 road victory at Nassau Coliseum. The Isles earned a 4-3 shootout win Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez also tallied for the Rangers. Nigel Dawes and Brandon Dubinsky each collected two assists, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26- of-27 shots to pick up the win.
The Rangers are averaging 2.68 goals per game this season, but have posted 38 scores over their last nine contests for an average of 4.2 gpg.
New York is 21-13-1 at MSG this season and has won four of its last five tests on home ice. After this afternoon's game, the Rangers will head out on a three-game road trip, beginning with Monday's test in Buffalo.
The Bruins, meanwhile, ended a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon, as they edged the visiting Washington Capitals, 2-1. Zdeno Chara and Marco Sturm scored 5-on-3 goals just under three minutes apart late in the third period to lead Boston to the win at TD Banknorth Garden.
Boston was able to take advantage of Washington's undisciplined play en route to the win at TD Banknorth Garden. The Caps were clinging to a 1-0 lead with less than seven minutes to play when Donald Brashear compounded a double- minor for high-sticking with a roughing penalty. John Erskine was then hit with a hooking call to give the Bruins a two-man advantage and Chara converted to tie the game with 5:01 left. Sturm then scored on another 5-on-3 with 2:16 left to play.
Alexander Auld made 23 saves for the Bruins, who had been outscored 19-4 during the three-game slide and was blown out in Monday's game at Washington, 10-2.
Boston is 18-12-3 as the visiting club this year and has won three of its last four road tests.
The Bruins are 3-0 against the Rangers this season, but New York has still taken 11 of the last 17 meetings between the clubs. Boston has also lost six of its previous eight tests in the Big Apple.
03/09 11:05:25 ET