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Bruins stifle Rangers for Tuukka Rask's 299th career win

EditorsNote: Fixed Frederic (from Fredric) spelling, second reference, Graph 7

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Charlie Coyle scored twice and Tuukka Rask made 20 saves as the visiting Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The Bruins bounced back from a 6-2 loss to the Rangers on Friday and Thursday’s 7-2 loss to the New York Islanders. They beat the Rangers for the third time in four meetings on a day when Rask was seldom tested and picked up his 299th career win.

Coyle opened the scoring in the first period and added a short-handed empty-net tally. Trent Frederic also scored in the first, Charlie McAvoy tallied in the second and David Pastrnak added two assists as Boston outshot the Rangers by a wide 36-21 margin.

Playing in front of 1,800 fans for the second time this season, the Rangers were unable to follow up Friday’s win as Colin Blackwell scored their lone goal with 9:13 remaining in the third.

New York also survived a potential injury scare to goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, who was pulled for the final 13:19 of the first period. Shortly after Boston’s Nick Ritchie fell on Georgiev’s head during a scramble in the crease, the Rangers sent him back to the locker room for an examination.

Georgiev returned for the final 40 minutes and made 31 saves. Igor Shesterkin played the rest of the first period and stopped one shot.

The Bruins went ahead with 13:19 remaining when Coyle went by New York defenseman K’Andre Miller and lifted a shot from the right side over Georgiev. Boston took a 2-0 lead late in the period when Frederic deflected Connor Clifton’s shot from the right point past Shesterkin.

Boston took a 3-0 midway through the second by simply moving the puck around numerous times following a faceoff win. Eventually Brad Marchand whipped a cross-ice pass to Pastrnak at the left point and his slap shot through traffic was tipped over Georgiev by McAvoy.

The Rangers got on the board when Blackwell slipped a wrist shot from the middle of the slot over Rask’s right shoulder. The Rangers were unable to score on a power play after Georgiev was pulled for the extra attacker with about three minutes left and Coyle fired into the empty net with 1:55 to go.

--Field Level Media

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