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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

net.

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

lead.

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.

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