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Berard caps Bruins' comeback vs. Rangers

BOSTON (AP) -- Bryan Berard didn't draw the penalty he was hoping for. He got something better: the game-winning goal.

After getting 11 stitches to sew up a cut from a first-period stick to the chin, Berard scored with 38.8 seconds left Saturday night as the Boston Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit and beat the New York Rangers 3-2.

"It was a great win,'' said Berard, who played for the Rangers last season. "It was a little extra special to beat those guys for me.''

New York led 2-0 after two periods, but Joe Thornton and Sean
Brown scored 2:13 apart early in the third to tie it. That's the
way it stayed until Berard lined it up from the blue line and
slapped it off Pavel Bure's stick and past goalie Daniel Blackburn.

Steve Shields stopped 25 shots for Boston, which has lost just
once in its last 10 games (7-1-2).

Rem Murray scored a shorthanded goal, and Mark Messier also
scored for the Rangers. Blackburn, making his first start since
Oct. 21, made 30 saves.

Berard sat out the entire 2000-01 season after he was nearly blinded on March 11, 2000, when he was accidentally hit in the eye with a stick blade by Ottawa's Marian Hossa. Berard had a cut cornea, detached retina and fractured orbital bone.

It was much easier to rebound from Saturday's injury, when Petr Nedved's stick caught Berard in the chin. He went to the ice, bleeding, but no penalty was called; Berard was back in the second and there for the game-winner in the third.

"He's helped us out a lot, no question,'' Bruins coach Robbie Ftorek said. "It was nice to see him get that goal.''

Boston couldn't muster much of an attack in the first two
periods. But 2 minutes into the third, Brian Rolston's shot was
deflected by a defender to Thornton, who swept it into the net to
make it 2-1.

It was just Boston's second power-play goal at home this season.

The Bruins tied it 2:13 later when P.J. Stock passed across the
ice to Michal Grosek, who sent the puck over to Blackburn's left
for Brown. He backhanded it across the crease and put it past the
goalie's stick side to make it 2-2 with 15:47 to play.

"We played very well for 40 minutes,'' Bure said. "The thing is, it's a 60-minute game.''

Darius Kasparaitis was off for interference when Murray opened
the scoring on a crossing pass from Boston University's Tom Poti
with 18 seconds left in the first period. Less than a minute into
the second period -- on the same penalty -- Murray picked up the puck
in the neutral zone with no one between him and the goal.

But this time, Shields stopped him.

New York made it 2-0 when Bruins defenseman Hal Gill swiped at the puck inside the blue line and missed. Messier corralled the bouncing puck and put it between Shields' pads at 7:04.

Game notes
Former Bruins captain Terry O'Reilly, whose No. 24 was
retired by Boston on opening night, was back as a Rangers assistant
coach. ... Boston LW Sergei Samsonov missed his seventh consecutive
game with a right wrist sprain. ... Rangers C Bobby Holik missed
his third in a row with a hip flexor. ... The Bruins entered the
night last in the NHL on the power play at home, and the Rangers
were first in penalty killing on the road. ... Rangers F Eric
Lindros, who has six points in 11 games, admitted he was frustrated
by his slump. "He's a center iceman, and you've got to play the
center iceman role,'' coach Bryan Trottier said.