BOSTON (AP) — Milan Lucic scored twice in the first 10 minutes, Carl Soderberg also scored in the first period, and the Boston Bruins spoiled New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s return after a long layoff with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
Reilly Smith added a goal for the Bruins, who snapped a six-game winless stretch (0-3-3) and entered the day tied with Ottawa for Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask left the game 10 seconds into the second period after stopping shots 14 shots. There was no announcement why Rask left the game and he didn’t return to the bench. Backup Niklas Svedberg made 16 saves in relief.
Lundqvist missed seven weeks after a puck hit his neck. He stopped 26 shots in his return.
Rick Nash scored his team-leading 40th goal for New York and Matt Hunwick scored in the final minute.