Two-goal lead too little as Rangers beat Bruins in shootout

Boston squandered a 3-1, third-period lead, falling after an electric overtime.

Alexandar Georgiev, David Krejci
Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev reacts after stopping David Krejci to give host New York a shootout win on Wednesday night. –AP Photo

NEW YORK — Tony DeAngelo scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of the shootout and the New York Rangers rallied from two goals down in the third period to beat the Bruins 4-3 on Wednesday night.

“I kind of did the same move as last time,” said DeAngelo, who beat Jaroslav Halak with a forehand from the right side into the top right corner. “To come back, pick up two points coming back down two in the third is a big win for us.”

Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes and Filip Chytil scored for New York and Alexandar Georgiev finished with 27 saves. The Rangers won for the second time in five games (2-2-1) after a stretch in which they won four of five.


“We gave them too many opportunities in the second period,” New York coach David Quinn said. “We talked about we just go to move past that, we can’t let that bad second period get in the way of the third period. … We did a pretty good job in the third.”

Danton Heinen, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, who squandered a 3-1 lead and had a two-game winning streak end, but earned a point for the fifth straight game (2-0-3). Brad Marchand had two assists, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 shots.

Zibanejad and Marchand — who has 11 assists and 14 points in his last nine games — each scored in the third round of the tiebreaker, and the Rangers won it when David Krejci missed on the Bruins’ last attempt.

The Bruins have lost nine of the last 10 meetings (1-7-2) against the Rangers.

Each team had chances as they alternated odd-man rushes in the 3-on-3 overtime, with Halak making a sensational save to deny Zibanejad with 1:06 left. Halak earlier thwarted Chytil in front. On the other end, Georgiev stopped Sean Kuraly’s tip try with 1:23 to go.

“We let it slip in the third,” Bergeron said. “That’s where it was played out. That game shouldn’t be going to overtime.”


Trailing 3-1, the Rangers pulled within one at 9:24 of the third when Jimmy Vesey sent a centering pass in front and Hayes poked it past Halak for his 12th.

Chytil then tied it on a power play, knocking in the rebound of Pavel Buchnevich’s slap shot from the left side with 7:19 left for his 10th.

The Bruins took the lead with a pair of goals 1:12 apart midway through the second.

First, Matt Grzelyck’s slap shot from the left point deflected off Heinen and past Georgiev with 9:23 left. It was Heinen’s seventh of the season.

Pastrnak then put Boston ahead with his 31st, deflecting a pass in front by Krejci into the right side with 8:11 remaining. He has six goals and 13 points in his last 10 games.

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Bergeron, who played in his 1,000th game Tuesday night in a home victory over the Islanders, gave the Bruins a two-goal lead, tipping Torey Krug’s pass in front for his 19th with 4:49 remaining. It was Boston’s third power-play goal in 17 chances over the last six games.

The Rangers outshot the Bruins 12-8 in the first period. Boston’s best chance came on Chris Wagner’s short-handed breakaway less than 2½ minutes in, but Georgiev stopped the attempt.

Zibanejad gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead on a one-timer from between the circles with 2:15 left in the opening period. It was his 22nd goal of the season, and 11th in the last 12 games.

The Bruins host Los Angeles on Saturday to open a stretch of three straight at home.


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