NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 20th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (21-12-10-4) at New York Rangers (18-17-7-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to continue their winning ways
tonight when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden for the
back end of a home-and-home.
Boston defeated New York, 5-2, at the FleetCenter on Monday afternoon and is
7-1-1 in its last nine games.
Sergei Samsonov had a goal and two assists and Andrew Raycroft made 34 saves
to back the effort. Brian Rolston contributed a goal and an assist for the
Bruins. Defenseman Jiri Slegr, playing in his first game since being acquired
in a trade with Vancouver, also scored.
Joe Thornton added a goal and assist before leaving the contest due to a small
fracture in his left cheekbone suffered during a second-period fight with
Rangers center Eric Lindros. Thornton is expected to miss at least this
The fight was just part of a very spirited and nasty affair. The two teams
amassed 81 penalty minutes -- 40 of which came from fighting majors.
Boston, which is three points off the pace in the Northeast Division race, has
won three of its last four road games. The Bruins will host Buffalo on
Lindros and Chris Simon scored for the Rangers, who failed to earn a point for
the first time in six games (2-1-2-1). Goaltender Mike Dunham stopped just 17
of the 22 shots he faced in the contest.
Lindros has been a steady offensive weapon for New York over the past month.
He has recorded 19 points (6g, 13a) in his last 21 games.
The Rangers, 1-1-1-2 in their last five home games, will host Philadelphia on
Boston and New York have split two meetings this season, as the Bruins snapped
a three-game series losing streak Monday. The Bruins have lost two straight at
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