February 26, 2024


Earlier than the sport, Corridor of Famer Ray Bourque pushed Normand Léveillé onto the ice in his wheelchair.

Vincent Trocheck watches his game-winning aim towards Jeremy Swayman. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa) AP

BOSTON (AP) — Vincent Trocheck scored his second aim of the sport 2:03 into time beyond regulation and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 Saturday evening in a matchup of the Jap Convention’s prime two groups.

Igor Shesterkin made 22 saves for the Rangers, who’ve gained three of their final 4 video games. New York is tied with Boston with 43 factors atop the convention, however the Rangers have two extra wins.

“It was a very good hockey recreation,” Rangers coach Peter Laviolette mentioned. “Give our guys a variety of credit score for simply staying with it. … We’re attacking and attacking and it’s simply not getting into. We simply can’t appear to search out that first one. We finally bought one, bought it to time beyond regulation and walked away with two factors.”

Trent Frederic scored for the Bruins and Jeremy Swayman stopped 31 pictures. Boston had gained 5 of its final seven video games.

Boston star David Pastrnak was given a 5-minute main and a recreation misconduct for boarding Ryan Lindgren late within the second interval.

“I favored our effort,” Boston heart Charlie Coyle mentioned. “Some key accidents; I feel a variety of guys stepped up. It’s good to see the hassle with guys taking place with accidents and (with out) your finest participant.”

Trocheck tied it with a power-play aim on a wrister from the slot with 9:10 left within the third interval. It was the Rangers’ solely aim in six energy performs.

“We had a variety of possibilities, a variety of energy performs tonight,” Trocheck mentioned. “ We had been getting a variety of possibilities, attractiveness. It was only a matter of us staying with it.”

On the sport winner, Artemi Panarin despatched a go from the slot to Trocheck close to the left aspect of the crease, the place he fired it previous Swayman.

As a part of the Bruins’ a hundredth season by which they’re honoring completely different crew eras, that they had a pregame on-ice ceremony to commemorate what they referred to as the “Lunch Pail Period” from 1977-85.

Frederic’s aim, appropriately, match into that sort of play when he went onerous to the web and knocked a unfastened puck behind Shesterkin 2:07 into the second interval after ahead James van Riemsdyk despatched a backhand go from the fitting circle.

Frederic later fought Jacob Trouba after Boston rookie Matt Poitras left the ice favoring his proper shoulder following successful into the boards by Erik Gustafssson.

“That’s a recreation that type of brings a crew collectively just a little bit,” Trouba mentioned. “The final 10 minutes nearly felt like a playoff recreation with simply how tight it was. One mistake and it’s going to finish up in your web.”

The Bruins killed off a 3-minute energy play, with Swayman making a right-shoulder cease on Trocheck’s wrister from the slot.

Earlier than the sport, Corridor of Famer Ray Bourque pushed Normand Léveillé onto the ice in his wheelchair and the previous ahead — with the assistance of teammates Rick Middleton and Terry O’Reilly — lifted himself as much as drop the ceremonial first puck, drawing a roar from the TD Backyard crowd.

Léveillé’s profession was reduce brief when he suffered a mind aneurysm after the primary interval of a 1982 recreation in Vancouver that left him unable to stroll.

Additionally, throughout that period, O’Reilly and Mike Milbury went into the stands in Madison Sq. Backyard after a fan hit Stan Jonathan underneath the attention — with what Jonathan mentioned throughout an interview between the primary and second durations was a “rolled up program” — and grabbed his stick. Milbury hit the fan with a shoe and Saturday he walked onto the ice, holding a shoe, to the delight of the followers.

The Bruins had been once more with out prime defenseman Charlie McAvoy and top-six heart Pavel Zacha. Each had been positioned on injured reserve Thursday. McAvoy missed his fourth straight recreation and Zacha his third.

“There’s a chance proper now for some guys to step up, to have extra minutes and present what they will do in numerous conditions,” Boston captain Brad Marchand mentioned.


Rangers: At Toronto on Tuesday evening.

Bruins: Host Minnesota on Tuesday evening.