Rookie leads Boston over Rangers


NEW YORK (AP) -- Carl Corazzini stepped in for injured captain
Joe Thornton and gave the Boston Bruins more than they could've
hoped for.

Corazzini, a 24-year-old rookie playing in his fourth game since
being recalled from Providence of the AHL, scored the first two
goals of his NHL career to lead the Bruins to a 4-1 victory Tuesday
night and a sweep of the home-and-home series with the New York

"It's the most incredible thing," Corazzini said. "I thought
playing in my first NHL game in Buffalo was probably the greatest
thing but nothing compares to this. This is one of the greatest
days in my whole life."

Boston went ahead 1-0 on Corazzini's first goal. With New York
on a power play, the puck eluded Rangers defenseman Lawrence
Nycholat at the left point and Ted Donato raced down the ice on a
two-man breakaway with Corazzini.

Donato sent a pass to Corazzini, who crossed the Rangers blue
line and wristed a shot past goalie Mike Dunham.

"I didn't think Teddy was going to give it to me," Corazzini
said. "It was a heads-up play. I wasn't giving it up. I thought if
I tried to make a pass on a two-on-none and we didn't score I was
going to get some heat so I didn't want to make the wrong play.

"I think Dunham froze a little bit thinking I was going to pass
it back. Teddy was the decoy."

Boston took a 2-0 lead at 17:34 of the second period on Jiri
Slegr's fourth goal.

Brian Rolston skated out of the left circle and slid the puck
across the crease. Slegr joined the fray and chipped the puck past
Dunham. Slegr has two goals in two games with the Bruins, both
against the Rangers, since being acquired from Vancouver over the

The Bruins outscoring the Rangers 9-3 in the two-game series
that began Monday in Boston.

"We didn't play well the last two games," New York center
Bobby Holik said. "It could be a breaking point. January is a
tough schedule and we've got to do a lot better than we have

New York pulled within 2-1 at 1:21 of the third period on Brian
Leetch's eighth goal. With the Rangers on a power play, Leetch
blasted a slap shot from the high slot past Andrew Raycroft.

"Leetch had a great shot and we got it back to 2-1 with 14
minutes left," forward Eric Lindros said. "That's plenty of time
to come back, and we go and dump it."

Boston took a 3-1 lead at 4:33 on Rolston's 14th goal. With
Boston on a two-man advantage, Rolston's hard slap shot from the
top of the right circle beat Dunham cleanly.

"It's difficult anytime you lose," Dunham said. "We have to
put some moves together. We need wins before it's too late."

Corazzini's second goal made it 4-1 at 9:33. Dunham made a pad
save on a shot by P.J. Axelsson, but could not stop Corazzini's
rebound shot from point-blank range.

"Any time you lose your best player it's tough, and Joe
Thornton is one of the best players in the league," Bruins coach
Mike Sullivan said. "From top to bottom everybody stepped up and
made up for that loss.

"We're excited for Carl. He's played extremely well since he
came up. he has tremendous speed and he is a responsible player.
The chances he got were because he plays sound defensively."

Game notes
Rangers D Tom Poti was scratched due to back spasms. ...
Thornton was scratched after breaking his cheekbone Monday during a
fight with Lindros. ... The Rangers placed D Darius Kasparaitis on
injured reserve because of a broken bone in his leg and a sprained
ligament in his left knee. Kasparaitis was also injured in Monday's
game when he was kneed by Boston D Dan McGillis. Kasparaitis is
expected to be out 10 to 12 weeks. ... Bruins forward Doug Doull
served his one-game suspension for charging Rangers forward Petr
Nedved on Monday.