NEW YORK, N.Y.– Goaltender Tuukka Rask made 39 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Center Gregory Campbell scored twice, and right wingers Jarome Iginla and Carl Soderberg, defenseman Dougie Hamilton and left winger Milan Lucic each added a goal for the Bruins, who improved to 38-17-5.
Centers J.T. Miller and Brad Richards, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored for New York, which fell to 33-26-3. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist allowed all six goals on 31 shots.
New York led 1-0 on Miller’s third goal of the season, just 3:20 into the game. Miller, who was called up from the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford last week in response to left winger Mats Zuccarello’s broken hand, had a breakaway and tucked the puck past Rask.
But Iginla sent the teams into intermission deadlocked 1-1 when he tapped center David Krejci’s centering feed from the half wall past Lundqvist.
The Rangers had the better of play in the period but the Bruins had momentum, which they wouldn’t relinquish.
Hamilton put the Bruins ahead 2-1 4:04 into the second period with his seventh of the season and Soderberg pushed the lead to 3-1 five-and-a-half minutes later.
Richards cut the deficit to 3-2 with his 16th of the season at the 16:53 mark of the second period. Richards beat Rask high to the glove side with a wrister from the right faceoff circle.
Campbell scored twice in the third to complete Boston’s season sweep of the Rangers. McDonagh’s power-play goal at 15:18 of the third ended the scoring. New York was 1-for-4 on the power play while Boston did not have a man advantage.
Lucic scored with 1:36 remaining.
NOTES: Boston did not skate in the morning, while the Rangers had an optional skate at their Westchester, N.Y., training facility. Both teams had played Saturday — the Bruins lost 4-2 to the Washington Capitals at the TD Garden, while the Rangers dropped a 4-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Also, St. John’s University had the Garden for its 72-64 win over DePaul in a men’s basketball game earlier in the day. … New York dressed fourth-line C Dominic Moore and scratched RW Derek Dorsett. The Rangers also did not have the services of LW Mats Zuccarello, who is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a broken right hand suffered during the Olympics. … Boston scratched RW Jordan Caron, while D Adam McQuaid underwent tests on a hip injury. McQuaid has not played since Jan. 20. … The Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins had scouts in attendance.