Keith Yandle set up two first-period power-play goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves as the New York Rangers beat Boston 5-2 on Wednesday night, sending the Bruins to a season-high fourth straight loss.
Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, J.T. Miller and Rick Nash scored for New York, which won its second straight and inched a little closer to securing a spot in the playoffs with eight games left in the regular season.
Lee Stempniak, who had a first-period tally disallowed after an offside review and another shot gloved off the line by Lundqvist in the third period, scored for the Bruins along with Frank Vatrano. The Bruins have five goals in their skid. >> Read more
- This was a nice win for the Rangers in that they capitalized on their PP chances and got goals/scorning from their key guys.
- It certainly wasn't a perfect win but when things got messy Henrik Lundqvist was there.
- The Rangers did have the bounces on their side though tonight with the offsides call negating the Bruins first goal and then that close call early in the third. I thought that the puck was over the line in that instance but the video was inconclusive.
- It's going to be annoying next season when the Rangers are searching for a puck moving defenseman because Keith Yandle is gone. I think that there is serious interest from both sides about staying together but the Rangers already have so much money locked up on D, with no-move clauses, and Yandle will likely be able to get a monster deal as a UFA. He's been really good the last couple of months but circumstances will likely have him playing somewhere else next year.
- For now though Yandle is certainly helping the PP run smoothly and isn't making as many high-risk plays leading to turnovers.
- I'd expect Antti Raanta to start against the Habs on Saturday and Henrik against the Pens on Sunday.