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Sunday, January 20th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (23-18-5) at New York Rangers (22-20-6), 12:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will try for a sweep of their home-and- home set with the Rangers this afternoon, when the two clubs square off inside of New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Bruins and Rangers skated to a shootout on Saturday in Boston, with Phil Kessel and Zdeno Chara both scoring in the extra session to lift the Bruins to a 4-3 victory.

In the second round of the shootout, Kessel skated in on net and slipped a low shot between the pads of Henrik Lundqvist. Tim Thomas then made a body save on Petr Prucha's wrister before Chara won the game with a blistering slap shot that beat Lundqvist cleanly.

Chuck Kobasew scored twice while Marco Sturm had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who had dropped three of four coming into the game. Thomas finished the game with 25 saves.

Kobasew now leads Boston with 16 goals on the season, while Sturm has lit the lamp in three straight games and is second on the club with 15 tallies. Marc Savard added an assist to give him points in four straight games and three goals and six helpers over his last eight contests.

Boston has lost three of its last four on the road and play the first of back- to-back road games today. The Bruins are 11-10-2 as the visitor this year and will be in Montreal on Tuesday.

Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr each had a goal and two assists while Lundqvist finished the game with 36 saves for the Rangers, who have dropped two of their last three and seven of nine overall in the month of January.

That has the Rangers last in the Atlantic Division, though the team is just seven points behind first-place Pittsburgh.

Despite the loss, Lundqvist and Jagr continue to have good career numbers versus Boston. Lundqvist fell to just 7-0-2 with a 1.28 goals-against average and two shutouts in nine career regular season games against Boston, while Jagr has 89 points (32 goals, 57 assists) in 65 career games against them.

New York is 15-10-0 at home this year and open a three-game homestand. That residency includes back-to-back visits by Atlanta on Tuesday and Thursday.

The Bruins' victory yesterday was their second straight versus the Rangers after losing eight in a row. However, both wins have come via a shootout, meaning New York has picked up at least a point in the last 10 meetings (8-0-2) and has won 11 of the past 16 in the series.

Boston has lost four straight and six of its last seven at Madison Square Garden.

01/20 10:23:29 ET


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