Bruins defeat Rangers in OT, extend point streak to nine


NEW YORK — Brad Marchand scored 36 seconds into overtime, and the Boston Bruins extended their point streak to nine games by defeating the New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Marchand was in the neutral zone behind the three Rangers on the ice when he took a stretch pass off the boards from Charlie McAvoy and scored on a breakaway. 

The Bruins, who have won four in a row, are 8-0-1 since Jan. 21. 

Chris Wagner and Anders Bjork scored, and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for Boston (9-1-2).

Julien Gauthier scored his first NHL goal in his 24th game, and Kevin Rooney also scored for the Rangers (4-5-3). Alexandar Georgiev made 29 saves in his first start since Jan. 30.

Bjork gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 9:00 of the third period, scoring through Georgiev’s five-hole off a pass from Jake DeBrusk, who was behind the net.

The Rangers tied it 2-2 on Rooney’s goal at 11:22.

Ryan Lindgren‘s shot was deflected by Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux, and the puck went off Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk‘s back and Rask’s shoulder before Rooney batted it into the net. The goal was confirmed on video review.

Gauthier gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 13:50 of the first period, scoring from the slot off a pass from Lemieux.

The Rangers nearly extended the lead at 8:26 of the second period, but Rask got his glove out to stop Mika Zibanejad‘s redirection from the right post off the rush.

Wagner scored shorthanded on a breakaway off a turnover by Artemi Panarin 1:15 later later to make it 1-1 at 9:41.

The Bruins thought they had taken the lead at 4:50 of the third period. DeBrusk’s shot hit off Georgiev and then the crossbar before bouncing down on the goal line, but the puck did not cross it. The no-goal call on the ice was confirmed upon video review.

Panarin played one shift totaling 1:28 on the power play in the final 15:50 of third period after leaving the ice in apparent pain. He didn’t play in overtime.

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