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NHL Roundup: Bruins Rout Rangers

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin makes a glove save during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist looks back at the puck on a goal by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) gets up as Boston Bruins center Tim Schaller, second from right, celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) passes the puck around New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) blocks a shot by Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)



Wednesday, February 07, 2018

New York — Riley Nash and Zdeno Chara scored first-period goals and Patrice Bergeron added two in the second to help the surging Boston Bruins swamp the New York Rangers, 6-1, on Wednesday night.

The Bruins won for the 18th time in their last 23 games, getting 21 saves from backup netminder Anton Khudobin. The Bruins (33-11-8) are just a point behind Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay.

Tim Schaller’s goal that made it 4-1 at 7:25 of the second period chased Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and brought boos from the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec.

The Rangers had won seven straight over the Bruins, including both meetings this season. But New York was no match for the Boston attack on Wednesday.

After Rick Nash gave the Rangers an early lead with his 16th goal five minutes into the first period, the Bruins began their relentless barrage. Riley Nash tied it with his eighth of the season at 7:54 with assists to David Backes and Danton Heinen.

Lundqvist initially stopped a shot by Backes. But the Bruins forward recovered his rebound, then sent the puck in front to Nash as Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo was caught out of position.

Chara, the 40-year-old defenseman playing his 20th NHL season, put Boston ahead at 16:09 of the first with his fifth goal of the season and the 193rd of his career.

The Bruins extended the lead to 3-1 at 3:47 of the second when Bergeron’s long shot from just inside the blue line skittered past Lundqvist after the goaltender seemed to make a pad save.

Schaller extended the lead with his eighth of the season before Bergeron scored his second of the game - this time shorthanded - at the 10-minute mark. The goal was Bergeron’s team-leading 24th and came with assists to Chara and Brad Marchand, who returned after serving a five-game suspension for elbowing New Jersey’s Marcus Johansson.

Sean Kuraly completed the scoring for the visitors with his fifth goal at 6:14 of the third.

Sens’ Burrows Gets 10-Game Ban

New York — Ottawa forward Alexandre Burrows was suspended for 10 games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for serving as the aggressor in an altercation and kneeing New Jersey forward Taylor Hall.

Burrows was assessed two minor penalties, one for cross-checking and one for roughing, on the play midway through the second period in the Senators’ 5-3 home victory on Tuesday night.

The suspension will cost Burrows forfeit $134,409.