BOSTON — The Boston Bruins gained ground in the MassMutual East Division race by defeating the New York Rangers 4-0 at TD Garden on Thursday.
Jeremy Swayman made 15 saves for his second NHL shutout, and Brad Marchand and David Krejci each had two assists for Boston (32-14-7), which is 5-0-1 in its past six games and has won seven straight at home.
Igor Shesterkin made 30 saves for New York (26-23-6), which has lost its past five games and was coming off a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals at home Wednesday.
Boston has clinched one of the four Stanley Cup Playoff berths from the East. New York has been eliminated from playoff contention.
The teams will play here again Saturday.
Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with a one-timer at 7:11 of the first period, and Charlie McAvoy‘s power-play goal made it 2-0 at 18:35.
Jake DeBrusk scored on a breakaway for his first goal in 13 games, making it 3-0 at 14:01 of the second period.
Brandon Carlo scored off Shesterkin’s skate from a sharp angle to make it 4-0 at 1:07 of the third period.