NEW YORK (ESPN.com news services) -- It could be another intense, physical game
Tuesday when the New York Rangers conclude a home-and-home
series with the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden.
The Bruins, who posted a 5-2 win on Monday, will be
without captain Joe Thornton. Thornton had a goal and an assist
but suffered a laceration and a broken cheekbone during a
second-period fight with Eric Lindros.
Thornton, Boston's leading scorer, may play Thursday against the Sabres. He did not travel to New York
for Tuesday night's game and was listed as
day-to-day. The Bruins are off Wednesday before returning home to
face the Sabres.
Thornton is expected to play with a face shield when he returns, but Boston
general manager Mike O'Connell said he didn't think Thornton would
be sidelined for long.
The heavyweight fight between Lindros and Thornton was the main event
in a game that featured a combined 81 penalty minutes. While
Lindros and Thornton were going at it, Matthew Barnaby and
Boston defenseman Hal Gil also tangled.
Before the two fights in the second period, Boston's Doug Doull
fought defenseman Dale Purinton. Doull also picked up a major
penalty for charging and a game misconduct on his hit on Petr
Nedved and has picked up 13 fighting majors in his 12 games.
Nedved was bloodied by the hit and was not surprised by Doull's
"It's pretty obvious what kind of player he (Doug Doull) is,"
Nedved said. "Look where his stick was and how high the hit was.
It's really not a surprise from that kind of player."
The Rangers could be without defenseman Darius Kasparaitis. He
left Monday's game after a knee-to-knee hit with Boston
defenseman Dan McGillis, who received a game misconduct and
The Rangers had gained a point in a season-high five straight
games (2-0-2-1) before Monday's loss.
New York got goals from Chris Simon and Lindros but was 0-for-5
on the power play and couldn't cash in on a 5-on-3 man advantage
in the second.
The Bruins, who are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games and trail
first-place Toronto by three points in the Northeast Division.
Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.