Pirri Sparks Rangers To 5-2 Comeback Win Over Bruins


Brandon Pirri scored two goals as the Rangers roared back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Bruins, 5-2, Wednesday night at The Garden.

Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes, and Jimmy Vesey had the other New York goals. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for his 4th win of the season.

The Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead just ten seconds into the game when David Pastrnak slipped the puck through Lundqvist’s pads for a goal. Austin Czarnik┬áscored his first NHL goal at the 14:44 mark of the 1st period, when his shot tricked past Lundqvist and in for a goal.

In the 2nd period, the Rangers’ offense came alive. On the power play, Nash got his own rebound and flipped the puck over Boston net minder Zane McIntyre, who was making his first NHL start. Nash’s goal, at 9:16, made it 2-1.

Kevin Hayes tied the game 2-2 with 3:25 to play in the period. Jesper Fast made a great pass from behind the net to Hayes, who actually bounced the puck off McIntyre’s back and in for the goal.

The New York power play converted again late in the period. Pirri’s wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle gave the Blueshirts a 3-2 lead with just 36 seconds to play in the period. Pirri took a pass from J.T. Miller and let it fly, giving the Rangers their 2nd power play goal of the period.

In the 3rd period, the Blueshirts widened their lead. Marc Staal‘s shot bounced off the end boards, and Pirri put the rebound into a wide-open net at 2:23 to make it 4-2. Vesey made it 5-2 43 seconds later, deflecting a perfect pass from Nash in for his 4th goal of the season.

The Rangers [now 5-2-0, 10 pts] play the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night in Raleigh.