Coyle, Rask lead Bruins past Rangers

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NEW YORK — The Boston Bruins responded with a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday following two straight lopsided losses.

Charlie Coyle scored twice, Charlie McAvoy had a goal and an assist, and David Pastrnak had two assists for the Bruins (12-5-2). Tuukka Rask made 20 saves.

Boston lost its previous two games, 6-2 to the Rangers here on Friday and 7-2 at the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Colin Blackwell scored, and Alexandar Georgiev made 31 saves for the Rangers (7-9-3).

Georgiev started and allowed one goal on five shots before he was replaced by Igor Shesterkin (one save) following Coyle’s first goal at 6:41 of the first period. Georgiev was cut above his left eye when Nick Ritchie fell on top of him at 5:48, but stayed in until allowing the goal before returning to start the second period.

Coyle made it 1-0 by beating Georgiev high on the glove side with a with a quick shot from low in the left circle. 

Trent Frederic gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead at 18:14 of the first period with a deflection of a shot by Connor Clifton.

McAvoy extended the lead to 3-0 at 10:20 of the second period, scoring with a one-timer from the left point.

Blackwell made it 3-1 at 10:47 of the third period. Alexis Lafreniere assisted on the goal for his second assist in two games after the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft had zero through his first 17 games.

Coyle scored a shorthanded empty-net goal at 18:05 for the 4-1 final.

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