NEW YORK (AP) — Trent Frederic and Jake DeBrusk scored third-period goals and Linus Ullmark made 18 saves as the streaking Boston Bruins won their seventh straight game Thursday night with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
Frederic’s second goal of the season at 6:04 put the Bruins ahead 3-2 before DeBrusk rifled his fourth past Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin at 10:19.
Hampus Lindholm added an empty-net goal with 58 seconds left.
Boston swarmed the Rangers early, outshooting them 11-5 in the first. David Pastrnak scored his team-leading eighth goal at 12:53, beating Shesterkin from a sharp angle to the goaltender’s right. Pastrnak also leads the Bruins with 19 points overall.
Boston scored first for the eighth time in 11 games. The Bruins have won all eight.
Shesterkin made 32 saves in defeat, his first in regulation to fall to 6-1-2. His eight-game point streak to begin a season was second in Rangers history to Gilles Villemure's start in 1971-72.
The Rangers, despite losing stalwart defenseman Ryan Lindgren early with an upper-body injury, wrestled the momentum back in the second period as they outshot the Bruins 12-9, including a 10-minute stretch in which Boston was denied any shots.
New York tied it on a goal by Jimmy Vesey — his first since rejoining the Rangers last summer — at 10:21 of the middle period. Vesey took a pinpoint, cross-ice pass from Mika Zibanejad before depositing the puck past Ullmark.
Shortly after that, Rangers defenseman Braden Schneider flattened Frederic with a clean hit, and two fights ensued after the check. Schneider was challenged by Boston’s A.J. Greer, and Frederic fought with New York’s Barclay Goodrow at 10:57.
The Bruins are 4-1-0 on the road and 5-1-0 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Boston has not allowed a power-play goal on the road this season.
The Rangers have played more regular-season games (664) against Boston than any other opponent in their 96-season history. The Bruins are 303-252-97-12 in those games.
NOTES: The Bruins scratched defenseman Jakub Zboril, forward Craig Smith and injured goalie Jeremy Swayman. … Boston was without defenseman Charlie McAvoy, recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and defenseman Derek Fortbort, hurt in Tuesday’s 6-5 win at Pittsburgh. Veteran forward David Krejci also remains out. … The Rangers scratched injured forwards Vitali Kravtsov and Filip Chytil, plus defenseman Libor Hajek. … The teams meet again Jan. 19 at Madison Square Garden and March 4 in Boston.
Bruins: Visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Rangers: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
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Allan Kreda, The Associated Press