Lundqvist stars as Rangers add to Bruins’ recent misery


The New York Rangers had one of those games where almost everything went right: the passes, the goals, the officials’ calls, the video replays and, of course, Henrik Lundqvist in goal.

It was par for the course for the Boston Bruins.

Keith Yandle set up two first-period power-play goals and Lundqvist made 39 saves in a 5-2 win on Wednesday night that sent the Bruins to a season-high fourth straight loss.

“It’s a tight game and for a couple of games it was going against us,” Lundqvist said. “The last two games we’ve been getting a couple of bounces, and you need it.

“When you get them, a lot of times you saw you earned them. When they go against us, you say you have bad luck. But it was a good game for us, a good test and this was exactly the type of response we needed.”

Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, J.T. Miller and Rick Nash scored for New York, which won its second straight and inched a little closer to securing a spot in the playoffs with eight games left in the regular season.

Lee Stempniak, who had a first-period tally disallowed after an offside review and another shot gloved off the line by Lundqvist in the third period, scored for the Bruins along with Frank Vatrano. The Bruins have five goals in their skid.

Boston could not catch a break in this one, either with the replays or the officials. The Bruins gave the Rangers the first five power plays, and New York converted on two of the first three in a game in which it was outshot 41-24.

“I said this morning we control our own destiny and right now we are giving teams below us some hope,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “We have to turn this around quick.”

Yandle was the key on the first two goals, making pinpoint passes to set up Zuccarello’s 24th at 8:37 and Stepan’s 17th a little more than three minutes later.

“It gets the group going,” Yandle said of the power plays. “It’s something that we know late in the season your specialty teams have to be good. Obviously, the power play got a couple of goals and the PK was huge as well. It’s any way you can find ways to win. It’s big now.”

Islanders 3, Senators 1

In New York, Brock Nelson and Matt Martin scored 21 seconds apart in the second period and the Islanders beat Ottawa to snap a season-high four-game losing streak.

John Tavares also scored in New York’s three-goal second period and rookie goalie Jean-Francois Berube, making just his fourth career start, stopped 22 shots.

“We executed well,” Tavares said. “(Berube) was great all game. He was really big for us. He really did a solid job back there.”

The Islanders, holding the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, were desperate for a win to strengthen their playoff push after going 1-4-2 in their previous seven games while getting outscored 22-11.

New York pulled within one point of Pittsburgh for third place in the Metropolitan Division.