Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to help the New York Rangers end Boston's four-game win streak with a 3-2 victory over the Bruins at TD Garden.
Lundqvist made 10 third-period saves to protect the one-goal lead, as the Rangers won consecutive games for the first time this season. Marc Staal, Alex Frolov and Artem Anisimov each scored in the victory.
Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who were seeking their first five-game win streak since a six-game run from March 22-April 4, 2009. Zdeno Chara also scored, and Tuukka Rask, who played only his second game of the season after a season-opening loss, yielded all three goals on 30 shots.
Midway through the first period, the Rangers scored twice in 27 seconds to build an early lead.
After Anisimov's power play tally at 11:34, Frolov got on the board to double the lead. Quick passing from Erik Christensen and Michael Sauer saw Frolov gain the puck in the slot amidst several defenders, and he tried to fire it toward the net with a one-timer. He whiffed initially, but took another shot, and the puck fluttered slowly up and over Rask through traffic.
The Bruins gained a two-man advantage in the final moments of the opening period, and Chara's blast from the right point snuck past Lundqvist to cut the margin in half.
Staal's first goal of the year restored New York's two-goal lead 48 seconds into the middle stanza, but Boston responded on Horton's tally with 7:33 left in the frame.
David Krejci was in the right corner with his back to the play before putting the puck between his legs toward the middle. Horton came up with it and beat Lundqvist easily to the left for a one-goal contest after 40 minutes of play.
Boston was able to generate only 10 shots in the third period, and Lundqvist made some spectacular saves to keep the Rangers ahead, including a post-to- post move to deny a 2-on-1 opportunity. The Bruins pulled Rask with a little more than 40 seconds remaining, but couldn't sneak a puck across the goal line.
Boston allowed as many goals in this game as it had during its four-game win streak...Former Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas started each of the four games during the Bruins' win streak...Horton has nine points during a six-game point streak...Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg notched his 100th career assist...The Rangers have won three of four on the road this season and won last year's season series, 4-1.