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Rangers Beat Bruins 3-2 in OT to Extend NHL Eastern Lead

Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime in a matchup of the top two teams in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.

Marian Gaborik’s power-play goal with 3.6 seconds remaining in the extra period gave New York the victory at the TD Garden in Boston. The Rangers top the Eastern Conference with 64 points, two more than the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins, and are one point behind the Detroit Red Wings for the most points in the NHL.

New York’s Ryan Callahan opened the scoring 1:31 into the second period and Andrew Ference pulled Boston even less than two minutes later. Gaborik put the Rangers back in front later in the period and the Bruins once again tied on Adam McQuad’s goal in the final minute of the second.

After a scoreless third period, the game went to overtime and Gaborik scored with a backhand shot after Ference was given a game misconduct penalty for charging Ryan McDonagh.

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves in the Rangers goal, while Boston’s Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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