June 10, 2023
Pastrnak, Bruins Top Rangers for seventh straight win

Pastrnak, Bruins Top Rangers for seventh straight win

NEW YORK — To David Pastr scored his eighth goal of the season, and the Boston Bruins continued their record start, beating the New York Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday for their seventh straight win and 10th in 11 games.

Boston’s 20 points and 10 wins are the most in the first 11 games in franchise history.

“Everyone bought in,” Bruins continued Trento Frederic said. “We’re having fun at the rink. ‘Monty’ [coach Jim Montgomery] everyone liked it. He’s made it a fun environment and it’s just such a great time to be with the Boston Bruins right now.

Frederic was one of four different scorers for Boston in the third period and came on Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk and Hampus Lindholm. Linus Ullmark Made 18 saves.

The Bruins (10-1-0) beat New York 17-3 during that period.

“Results come naturally, we feel when our process is the way it is,” said Forward Nick Foligno, who had two assists. “We went into it. We managed the game well. We won our special teams. We made a lot of contributions in different areas of the game and it shows in our results.”

Video: [email protected]: Pastrnak opens the scorer on the backhand

Jimmy Vesey and Adam Fox scored, and Igor Shesterkin made 32 saves for the Rangers (6-4-2), who ended a three-game winning streak.

New York played five defenders the last two and a half periods because Ryan Lindgren He left the game midway through the first third with an upper-body injury. He’s day by day, said coach Gerard Gallant.

Gallant said he thinks Rangers tired in the third game, which could have been due to Lindgren losing to injury and the defender Brad Schneider to a five-minute combat major at 10:57 of the second.

“I suspect, but I can’t say for sure,” Gallant said. “But no apologies. You have to fight and that’s part of the game.”

Pastrnak gave Boston a 1-0 lead after 12:53 of game one and extended his scoring streak to six games. He parried a check from Vesey to hold the puck and score with a backhand shot from the bottom of the left circle to the top left corner of the net.

The goal came less than eight minutes after Pastrnak awarded an interference penalty to Lindgren after a hit along the gang.

The Bruins killed the penalty, and Coyle said they were full of energy watching Pastrnak get up for himself.

“It adds another whole element to seeing a guy like him work, get up and play so hard,” Coyle said. “It won’t be all the time and he shouldn’t have to do that, but when he does it says a lot about him as a player.

“It’s another thing guys do for the team and that’s what it’s about. I think that’s why we have the success we have – guys do little things like that and show they care. And they’re ready and focused and won’t let themselves be pushed around.”

Video: [email protected]: Frederic lashes out in a one-timer to take the lead

Vesey leveled it 1-1 at 10:21, scoring on a detour from Mika Zibanejad‘s pass from the right circle into the slot.

Boston forward AJ Greer received a two-minute instigator penalty 36 seconds later for going after Schneider after hitting Frederic hard.

The result was a power play for Rangers, but the Bruins said they would like to end it because Greer stood up for Frederic.

“That gave our bank a lot of momentum,” said Montgomery.

Coyle scored the opening goal of the third and gave Boston a 2-1 lead with a tap-in from outside the left post after Lindholm pushed him through the crease with a wrap-around pass.

Coyle, who has scored in four straight games, used his racquet to gain position and make himself available for the tap-in.

“I don’t even know if I had such a great position, but he just nailed it for me,” Coyle said.

Fox scored 48 seconds later with a wrist shot from above on the right circle to make it 2-2.

But the Bruins quickly regained a 3-2 lead, with Frederic scoring 6-04. DeBrusk then hit out on a one-timer Taylor Hall at 10:19 to 4:2.

Lindholm scored an empty goal almost the length of the ice at 19:02 for the 5–2 final.

“That was the best management game we’ve had without a puck,” said Montgomery. “The Rangers are a really good hockey team and they kept us on the ropes there [in the second], but we kept them outside. It’s a really good team defense.”

REMARKS: Ullmark improved to 8-0-0, matching a Bruins record for most consecutive wins by a goaltender at the start of a season (Tim Thomas, 2010–11). … The Bruins announced defenders Derek Forbort had surgery on his right middle finger and will be out for 4-6 weeks. Forbort was injured in a 6-5 overtime win at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. … Zibanejad had an assist on Vesey’s goal to extend his points streak to four games (two goals, four assists).

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