Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins generated higher-quality chances than the New York Rangers on Saturday at TD Garden, and it all added up to a 4-2 matinée win, with Patrice Bergeron netting the eventual game-winning goal in the third period.

The Rangers out-shot the Bruins 10-6 in the first period, but the B’s held a 13-8 edge in total scoring chances and 4-1 high-danger chances. They were the only team to capitalize on an opportunity in the first, after Charlie Coyle buried a behind-the-net feed from new guy Tyler Bertuzzi for his 12th goal of the season.

Bertuzzi has 10 points in his last 13 games going back to his time with the Red Wings.

  • Bertuzzi ended up committing a slashing penalty for whacking Artemi Panarin’s stick out of his hands (they used to call that a good-old-fashioned stick check). But it was the Bruins who would light the lamp during the Rangers’ power play as the second period got underway, thanks to a surprisingly nifty dangle by fourth-line center Tomas Nosek. His fifth goal of the season put the B’s up 2-0.

  • The Rangers finally got on the board at the 7:03 mark of the second period off the stick of Alexis Lafreniere, who ripped a one-timer that deflected off one post and into the net off the back crossbar, cutting the Bruins’ lead to 2-1. The goal was not counted on the ice, but upheld after review.

  • The Bruins started to close the shooting gap in the third period, and that’s when Bergeron struck. The captain buried a centering feed from Brad Marchand to make it 3-1 Bruins more than halfway through the third. It was a much-needed insurance goal at the time, and would prove to be the game-winner.

  • David Pastrnak tacked on a goal later in the third period, his 44th of the season. He’s on pace to score 58. Pastrnak buried his chance off some slick passing by David Krejci and Charlie McAvoy.

  • Up Next: The Bruins now get an extended rest, with four days between games before they take on the Edmonton Oilers next Thursday night at TD Garden.

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