NHL Roundup: Rangers rally in third to beat Bruins
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Brandon Dubinsky and Michael Sauer scored 51 seconds apart late in the third period, and the New York Rangers turned a likely crippling defeat into their most stirring victory of the season Monday night by rallying to beat the defensive-minded Boston Bruins, 5-3.
The Rangers, who trailed 3-0 in the second period, seemed beaten by the Northeast Division champion Bruins when the game suddenly turned without warning. Dubinsky scored the tying goal with 3:48 remaining and Sauer followed at 17:03 with the winning tally that shook Madison Square Garden.
Derek Stepan sealed it with an empty-net goal with 52.2 seconds left. Vinny Prospal had two goals in the second period to start the Rangers' rally that might have saved their season.
New York won for the second consecutive day, beginning a season-ending, three-game homestand with a flurry. The Rangers jumped over idle Buffalo into a sixth-place tie with Montreal in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race. New York leads Buffalo by one point and ninth-place Carolina by four. Montreal, Buffalo and Carolina all have three games remaining to New York's two.
Daniel Paille and Nathan Horton scored first-period goals for the Bruins, who appeared on their way to closing within two points of Washington and Philadelphia atop the East. Chris Kelly scored his first goal since joining Boston to push the lead to three goals.
• Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller believes there's a good chance he'll be back in action by the end of the week, in time to help Buffalo make its final playoff push. Miller provided the upbeat prognosis after getting in a light half-hour workout Monday after practice. It was the starter's first time back on the ice since taking a hard shot off his collarbone in a 4-3 loss March 29 at Toronto.
First Published April 5, 2011 12:49 am