The Bruins won a chippy game that featured a
combined 58 penalty minutes and three skirmishes -- all in the
second period. They extended their winning streak to a
season-high five games and improved to 9-0-1 in their past 10
Halak was seldom tested after making 10 stops in the first
period, thanks to a defense that rebounded from allowing a
season-high 35 shots Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime win over the
Rangers. Halak recorded his 51st career shutout and fourth
against the Rangers.
The Rangers were without leading scorer Artemi Panarin, who
sustained a lower-body injury Wednesday, and they were blanked
for the third time this season. New York also went 0-for-6 on
the power play, took its third straight loss (0-2-1) and is
2-for-31 on the man advantage in its past nine games.
New York goaltender Igor Shesterkin finished with 29 saves.
In the first period, the Rangers missed chances to score when
Halak made a point-blank save on Kaapo Kakko with about 12
minutes left and then made a pair of glove saves on rookie
Alexis Lafreniere midway through the period.
The Bruins outshot the Rangers 18-6 in a tetchy second period.
Boston got the lead 9:27 into the period, about three minutes
after Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy and New York defenseman
Jacob Trouba had a brief tussle.
Kakko turned the puck over near the blue line in the defensive
zone after being checked by Jeremy Lauzon. Lauzon moved the puck
to David Krejci, who quickly found Ritchie crashing the net.
Ritchie took the initial shot from the side of the net and
scored when he reached for a loose puck at the right side of the
net and tucked it off the left post.
New York seldom had scoring chances after the opening 20
minutes. The Rangers' best opportunity came with about 10 1/2
minutes left in the third when Kakko was on a two-on-one, only
to see his shot get deflected over Halak by Boston defenseman
--Field Level Media
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