Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for his second shutout, Patrice Bergeron scored a first-period goal, and the Boston Bruins won their fifth straight by beating the New York Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.
The Rangers have lost 3-0 in consecutive games after winning five straight and 13 of 14.
David Krejci and Loui Eriksson also scored for Boston, which has earned points in nine consecutive game (6-0-3). Torey Krug added two assists. It was Rask’s 25th NHL shutout.
Cam Talbot made 29 saves for the Rangers, with top goalie Henrik Lundqvist getting the night off. New York began of stretch of three road games in four days. Talbot also played the third period of Tuesday night’s home loss to the New York Islanders.
The Bruins have earned at least a point in their last eight games against New York (6-0-2).
With Boston leading 1-0, Krejci redirected defenseman Krug’s pass behind Talbot 2:49 into the second period. Krug wound up for a slap shot, but instead sent a perfect pass to Krejci at the top edge of the crease.
Eriksson made it 3-0 with 10:11 left in the third.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on Bergeron’s goal four minutes into the first. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton fired a shot from the left point, and Talbot mishandled the rebound before Bergeron slipped the puck between his pads.
The Bruins owned a 13-7 edge in shots after one period, but the Rangers had much better chances.
Rask made a pair of stellar stops about two minutes apart after Bergeron’s goal. The first came when former Boston College star Chris Kreider broke in alone down the left wing, cut in front, but was robbed by Rask’s left pad.
On the second bid, Lee Stempniak took a pass and broke in alone, but Rask dropped to make a pad save. Carl Hagelin also hit the post at the end of a 3-on-2 break.
In the second period, New York’s Rick Nash had a clean breakaway but fired a wrister over the net.
NOTES: Rangers top-line center Derek Stepan missed the game because of an upper-body injury sustained in Tuesday’s loss. … Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli announced that RW David Pastrnak will remain with the team for a 10th game, thus burning a year of his entry-level contract. … Talbot came in with 4-3-1 record, but three of the wins were shutouts. … Krejci’s next point will be his 400th.