Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Rangers 2

November, 29, 2013
11/29/13
3:54
PM ET
BOSTON -- Coming off their worst game of the season, the Boston Bruins rebounded with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers Friday afternoon at TD Garden.

After losing 6-1 to the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Bruins coach Claude Julien had the Bruins practice on Thanksgiving and held a brief closed-door meeting afterwards. Prior to Friday's game, Julien described the meeting as no big deal, but the Bruins responded by beating the Rangers.

Boston received goals from Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara, as goaltender Tuukka Rask made 17 saves. Chara and Marchand also had an assist each.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made his 32nd career start against the Bruins on Friday and finished with 25 saves. He's now 21-9-2 against Boston.

The Bruins created three quality scoring chances early in the first period, but they couldn't capitalize until Marchand registered his fourth goal of the season at 11:42 of the opening period. Boston gained control in the offensive zone when Chara threaded a nifty cross-ice pass to Marchand, who was waiting in the right face-off circle and beat Lundqvist with a one-timer to the high-glove side to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

New York answered and tied the game at 1-1 when Rick Nash scored at 13:04. The Rangers forward gained control of the puck and with two Bruins players draped all over him, he out-muscled the defenders and beat Rask from the slot. The Rangers gained a 2-1 lead at 14:26 of the first when New York's Ryan McDonagh took a shot from the high slot and it beat a screened Rask to the stick side.

After a scoreless second period, the Bruins quickly scored at 1:39 of the third to tie the game at 2-2. Marchand registered a multipoint game with an assist on the goal that was credited to Bergeron, but ricochetted past Lundqvist after being redirected off Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi. It was Bergeron's first point since Nov. 15 at Ottawa -- a span of six games.

The Bruins took a 3-2 lead when Chara netted his sixth goal of the season at 11:05 of the third period. David Krejci had control of the puck and made a nice pass to Chara, who had time to tee up a slap shot that beat Lundqvist. Milan Lucic was camped out in front and was creating havoc before the puck went in.

DROP 'EM: With the Bruins trailing 2-1 late in the second period, a scrum ensued in front of Lundqvist at 14:57. Players were chirping and Lundqvist was complaining to the referee about the Bruins' David Krejci, who was penalized for slashing on the play. Meanwhile, in the corner, Chara (6-foot-9, 255-pounds) and Brian Boyle (6-foot-7, 244-pounds) dropped the gloves and went toe-to-toe as the Boston captain connected on a few punches. He doesn't do it often, but when Chara drops the gloves it usually means he's really upset about something. In fact, it was his first fighting major of the season.

D-BACK: After missing four games with a lower-body injury, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup Saturday afternoon. He was paired with Dougie Hamilton. With Seidenberg and fellow blueliner Adam McQuaid -- who returned Wednesday -- both back in the lineup the Bruins assigned rookie Kevan Miller to Providence of the AHL on Thursday. Miller made his NHL debut and played three games for the Bruins. The 26-year-old defenseman played well during his brief stint with the Bruins.

SCRATCHED: Forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Matt Bartkowski were the healthy scratches for the Bruins.

UP NEXT: The Bruins are right back at it when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m., Saturday at TD Garden.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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