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Rangers score 3 times in 2nd period, beat Bruins 6-2

Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists and Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist in New York’s three-goal second period, leading the Rangers to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

Julian Gauthier, Colin Blackwell, Pavel Buchnevich and Jonny Brodzinski also scored to help the Rangers win for the third time in four games. Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren each had two assists, and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 shots to improve to 2-0-2 in his last four starts.

With fans back at Madison Square Garden for the first time this season, the Rangers beat Bruins for the first time in three meetings. Boston was 5-0-1 in the previous six games with the Rangers.

Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) scores during the third period against New York Rangers' Alexandar Georgiev (40) in an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in New York. (Bruce BennettPool Photo via AP)

After the game, the Rangers gathered at center-ice to salute the 1,800 fans in attendance before skating off. Several players gave their sticks to some of the fans.

Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist, and Patrice Bergeron also scored. Tuukka Rask made with 28 saves in the Bruins’ fourth loss in five games. The lost 7-2 at the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

WILD 3, KINGS 1

New York Rangers' Jack Johnson (27) and Libor Hajek (25) hold up Boston Bruins' Trent Frederic (11) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in New York. (Bruce BennettPool Photo via AP)

Kirill Kaprizov, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek scored in a span of just over three minutes in the first period and Minnesota held off Los Angeles for its fifth straight victory.

scored for the Wild, who ended the Kings’ six-game winning streak. Minnesota’s last loss was to the Kings in Los Angeles on Feb. 16. That was Minnesota’s first game back after a two-week layoff due to COVID-19 protocols.

Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots for the Wild, holding the Kings scoreless until Jeff Carter’s goal late in the third period. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for Los Angeles.

The New York Rangers celebrate a win over the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in New York. (Bruce BennettPool Photo via AP)