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All eyes were on Sean Avery’s return to Madison Square Garden Sunday, but there was a hockey game to be played. The Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives, and improved to 3-1-1 under new coach John Tortorella after a 4-3 win over the Bruins.
Avery finished with one point in nearly 15 minutes of ice time. His assist on Ryan Callahan’s second period goal was critical at the time, giving the Rangers a 3-1 lead and all the momentum heading into the final period. That is…until the Bruins mounted a comeback.
“Obviously the two points feel real good,” Avery said. “On a personal note, it felt good to be at home and playing for the fans, just hearing them with me at the Garden.”
The Rangers earned the win thanks to some timely goals. Nik Antropov started the scoring with his 22nd goal just three minutes into the second. Chuck Kobasew answered with a goal two minutes later, but the Rangers grabbed a 3-1 lead thanks to Scott Gomez and Callahan’s goals to close the second period.
The Bruins scored two quick goals to tie the game in the third period. Zdeno Chara scored a little more than two minutes in, and Michael Ryder tied the game less than two minutes later.
Nikolai Zherdev scored the game-winner with less than seven minutes to go in regulation.
The Bruins blasted 21 shots on goal during their furious comeback in the fourth, but Henrik Lundqvist had a solid game, finishing with 36 saves. Manny Fernandez, meanwhile, allowed four goals on 30 shots and took the loss.
The B’s will look to get back on track Tuesday night against the Blue Jackets.