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Milan Lucic scores twice as Bruins down Rangers

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:43:31 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) - Forward Milan Lucic scored twice as the Boston Bruins spoiled the return of New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with a 4-2 win Saturday at TD Garden.

Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith added a goal each as the Bruins (37-25-13) survived the loss of goaltender Tuukka Rask to win for the first time in seven games.

Rask left the game 10 seconds into the second period after stoppage of play. He didn't show any sign of being injured or ill but he went straight into the dressing room and was replaced by Niklas Svedberg . Rask had 14 saves while Svedberg had 16 saves.

With the win, the Rangers increased their point total to 87, two points ahead of the Ottawa Senators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

Lundqvist , who made his first start in 26 games, finished with 26 saves while Matt Hunwick and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers (47-20-7), who had a six-game road winning streak ended.

Despite the loss, the Rangers remained atop the Eastern Conference with 101 points, one ahead of the Montreal Canadiens , who play the Florida Panthers Saturday.

Lucic snapped a six-game goal drought at 1:41 of the first period with a little help from video review. The rebound of a Patrice Bergeron shot went off Lucic's skate and past Lundqvist .

The goal was disallowed on the ice but the NHL Situation Room overturned the call because in accordance with Rule 49.2: "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal."

Lucic doubled his scoring for the day and the Bruins' lead to 2-0 at 9:26, when he beat Lundqvist with a wrist shot from the left circle after defenseman Torey Krug gained the zone and dished off during a drive to the net.

Soderberg's solo effort extended the Bruins' lead to 3-0 at 14:27 before Smith's first goal in 15 games gave the Bruins a four-goal lead at 5:53 of the second period.

At 16:49 of the second, Nash beat Svedberg with a backhand shot that cut the Bruins' lead to 4-1. Hunwick provided the final margin with 23 seconds remaining in the third.

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