NEW YORK -- Mark Recchi gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead in tonight's third period when his long-distance wrister beat Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers rallied with Marian Gaborik beating Tim Thomas at 5:26 of the third, then proceeded to pepper the netminder with puck after puck after puck.
But Thomas stood tall and kicked out every other third-period shot to backstop the Bruins to a 3-2 win.
The Rangers busted a 0-0 tie in the second period with a power-play goal. Nathan Horton went to the box for four minutes after catching Brandon Dubinsky with a high stick. Dubinsky responded by netting the game's first goal after the Bruins killed off 3:59 of Horton's penalty. The play started with Henrik Lundqvist making a sharp first pass to Ryan Callahan, who then chipped it ahead to Dubinsky. With speed, Dubinsky sprinted into the offensive zone and winged a wrister through Thomas at 7:10 of the second. Thomas reacted by throwing his arms up in disgust after allowing the goal.
But the Bruins responded with two second-period strikes. Patrice Bergeron started things off with a heavy forecheck on Dan Girardi, forcing the defenseman to cough up the puck. Nathan Horton, who had been offering support to Bergeron, found the puck and quickly spotted a wide-open Milan Lucic in the high slot. After taking Horton's feed, Lucic wasted little time snapping the puck five-hole through Lundqvist at 11:06.
The Bruins took a one-goal lead after a Matt Gilroy gaffe. The former Boston University defenseman, trying to hold the offensive blue line, instead rapped the puck off the boards to Tyler Seguin. The rookie blew past Gilroy, got a step on Michael Sauer, and snapped a top-shelf laser over Lundqvist at 16:35. It was Seguin's first goal since Oct. 30.
Johnny Boychuk participated in pregame warmups, but sat out his 10th straight game. Boychuk could return tomorrow against Florida.
5:26 3d period: Bruins 3-2
Marian Gaborik beats Tim Thomas. Nice play by Derek Stepan to step in front of a Dennis Seidenberg dump-in and get the puck to Gaborik.
1:10 3d period: Bruins 3-1
Merry Christmas Mark Recchi. Floats in a long-distance wrister. As soft a goal as you'll see Henrik Lundqvist let in.
20:00 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Good pushback from the Bruins after Brandon Dubinsky's late PPG. Tyler Seguin doesn't lose a step when he has the puck on his stick.
16:35 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Tyler Seguin pulls away from Matt Gilroy and pots one top-shelf over Henrik Lundqvist. Highlight-reel skills from the kid.
14:06 2d period: 1-1
Tim Thomas gobbles up a Derek Stepan in-front chance.
11:06 2d period: 1-1
Milan Lucic in front beats Henrik Lundqvist five-hole. Patrice Bergeron starts the play with a heavy forecheck on Dan Girardi to cause a turnover. Quick feed by Nathan Horton to a wide-open Lucic.
7:10 2d period: Rangers 1-0
Brandon Dubinsky walks in with speed and beats Tim Thomas with an off-wing wrister. Thomas reacts with disgust. One second remaining on Horton's penalty.
4:09 2d period: 0-0
Nathan Horton off for four minutes after clipping Brandon Dubinsky.
20:00 1st period: 0-0
Couple in-tight scoring chances for the Rangers on Tim Thomas in the first. Not much going on the Boston PP so far.
19:15 1st period: 0-0
Tough tripping call on Marian Gaborik. Didn't look like he got much of Nathan Horton.
18:47 1st period: 0-0
Mark Stuart busts up a Marian Gaborik chance. No call, which the fans don't like.
16:17 1st period: 0-0
Hooking on Dan Girardi. First PP of the night.
15:59 1st period: 0-0
Derek Boogaard wallops Dennis Seidenberg into the glass. Boogaard can bring the pain even with his gloves on.
10:17 1st period: 0-0
Wretched Internet service here at MSG. Updates may be spotty throughout night. This must be how Dupont feels.
6:38 1st period: 0-0
Couple bobbles on initial shots by Tim Thomas so far.
5:43 1st period: 0-0
Bruins rolling out D-men so far. No set pairings.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Johnny Boychuk will not play tonight. Adam McQuaid stays in.