Kessel, Bruins look to rebound vs. Rangers

NY Rangers (29-17-4) at Boston (35-8-6), 1:00 pm EST

BOSTON (Ticker) — The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins
got Phil Kessel back sooner than expected. Unfortunately, it
wasn’t enough last time out.

Kessel and the Bruins will attempt to bounce back from a
disappointing loss when they host the New York Rangers on

The 21-year-old Kessel had a pair of assists as Boston rallied
from a two-goal deficit to take the lead in the third period
Thursday before suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey

Kessel’s return was an unexpected boost for the Bruins as he was
expected to be sidelined for a month after being diagnosed with
mononucleosis. However, the emerging star missed only six
games, with Boston going 4-1-1 in his absence.

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“This was as tough a game as (he) could have walked into,”
Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Kessel, who leads the team
with 24 goals. “Kessel hasn’t played in a while and has had
just one practice with us.”

The Rangers are coming off a 6-2 setback to the rival Pittsburgh
Penguins on Wednesday.

Nikolai Zherdev and defenseman Marc Staal scored for New York,
which has not lost to a team other than the Penguins since
January 9 – going 5-0-2 over that stretch.