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Rangers slip by Bruins with 2nd-period surge

Feb 5, 2015 - 6:13 AM New York, NY ( - Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan scored in the second period to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead, and the New York Rangers ended up with a 3-2 decision over Boston at Madison Square Garden.

Rick Nash added a goal and one assist for the Rangers, who have won three in a row and six of eight overall.

Cam Talbot, subbing for an injured Henrik Lundqvist, picked up the win thanks to 18 saves. Lundqvist has been ruled day-to-day with a neck issue stemming from an errant shot hitting him under the chin against Carolina last weekend.

"I really didn't have to do a whole lot; the guys did a great job in front of me. They (Boston) didn't get too many Grade-A quality chances tonight, even on their power play," Talbot said. "Our guys didn't let a lot of shots get to the net, so a lot of credit goes to them tonight."

Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, while Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots in the loss.

Brassard capped a passing play between Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider with a shot from between the circles that tied the game at 2-2 6:41 into the second, and Stepan restored the hosts' edge at 16:56.

Despite unleashing only four shots on goal in the third, the Rangers buzzed around Rask for most of the final five minutes of regulation before he was called to the bench for an extra skater with 1:27 on the clock.

New York missed three uncontested chances to the vacated cage, but Talbot was only forced to make one save on a dangerous chance -- a right-wing drive by Carl Soderberg as 17 seconds remained -- until time expired.

"We weren't executing the way that we know we can, and we paid for it," Bergeron admitted.

Nash scored on a backhander 5:50 in, swooping in from the right wing and beating Rask to the right post.

The former Columbus Blue Jacket has tallied a goal in 25 of the Rangers' first 49 games. becoming the first Blueshirt to do so since Adam Graves scored in 26 of his club's first 49 contests in 1993-94.

Lucic evened the score with 6:23 left in the period on a rising wrister from just outside the right circle, and Bergeron's redirect of a Loui Eriksson pass put the Bruins on the board just under two minutes later.

Game Notes

Talbot hadn't started since a 29-save, 3-0 loss to the Bruins on Jan. 15 ... Lucic returned to the lineup after missing two games due to the flu ... The Rangers recalled MacKenzie Skapski from Hartford of the AHL to serve as Talbot's backup ... Since March of 2007, 26 of 29 regular season games between the Rangers and the Bruins have been decided by two or fewer goals, and 22 of those contests decided by one goal.