Zherdev’s late goal lifts Rangers over Bruins

NEW YORK (Ticker) — Nikolai Zherdev scored the tie-breaking
goal with 6:22 remaining in the third period as the New York
Rangers edged the Boston Bruins, 4-3, on Sunday for their third
straight victory.

The goal came following an end-to-end rush by defenseman Marc
Staal, whose shot went wide. But the puck caromed off the back
boards and into the slot where Zherdev fired it into an open

Nik Antropov had two points – including his first goal since
being acquired by the Rangers – while Scott Gomez and Ryan
Callahan scored in the second period to give New York a 3-1

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However, the Rangers were back on their heels for most of the
third period after quickly squandering the lead. Zdeno Chara and
Michael Ryder scored 1:37 apart early in the third to tie it for
the Bruins.

Still, the Rangers have their first three-game winning streak
since January 10-16 and points in four of their first five games
under new coach John Tortorella (3-1-1).

Their offense also has come to life under Tortorella with 14
goals during the winning streak. They entered Sunday still last
in the NHL in scoring, averaging only 2.37 goals per game.