BOSTON – Prospect Artem Anisimov had a short-handed goal and an assist Saturday, leading the New York Rangers to their first pre-season win, 5-2 over the Boston Bruins.
Ales Kotalik, who signed a US$9 million, three-year free agent contract during the off-season, and AHL all-star P.A. Parenteau also had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who got two assists from veteran Vinny Prospal, another free agent signee.
The 21-year-old Anisimov’s second two-point game in as many days featured a highlight one-man effort that capped a three-goal first period against Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, who was making his preseason debut.
Anisimov’s second two-point game in as many days featured a highlight one-man effort that capped a three-goal first period against Tim Thomas. The Vezina Trophy winner gave up the five goals on 19 shots in his preseason debut.
Kotalik opened the scoring with a power-play goal and assisted on Enver Lisin’s second-period goal, while Parenteau assisted on Anisimov’s goal and then closed the scoring with a late goal. Sean Avery also scored for the Rangers while Marc Savard and Zach Hamill scored for the Bruins.
Thomas went all the way, yielding five goals on 19 shots.
Stephen Valiquette and Chad Johnson split time in the Rangers’ goal, with Valiquette giving up the two goals on 14 shots. Johnson stopped 12 shots.
Boston’s Milan Lucic was ejected for spearing New York’s Michael Del Zotto at 16:06 of the second period.
The game was played the day after the Bruins shipped restricted free agent Phil Kessel to Toronto for three high draft picks.