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RANGERS 3, BRUINS 2: Lundqvist says no, and replay shows it
RANGERS 3, BRUINS 2: Lundqvist says no, and replay shows it
Henrik Lundqvist believed that he had stopped the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron in the fourth round of the shootout, completing another Rangers comeback last night.

But there was referee Dan Marouelli signaling a goal that would extend the shootout to another round. Lundqvist looked up at the video board, pointed at the puck lying outside the crease and urged Marouelli to watch the replay.

"At first I thought I had it underneath me all the time," said Lundqvist, "and then I saw the review and it hit the post."

After a video review the officials agreed, Madison Square Garden exploded and the Rangers (13-5-2) had staged another dramatic rally, edging the Bruins 3-2 after a dynamic third period in which Nigel Dawes and Markus Naslund scored to erase a 2-0 lead.

Lundqvist hadn't allowed any of the first three Bruins shooters - Blake Wheeler, Phil Kessel and P.J. Axelsson - to score. Rangers captain Chris Drury blistered a wrister through the five-hole of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas to open the fourth round, giving the Rangers a 1-0 margin.

It was, as expected, a tight-fisted game for 40 minutes between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference and two of the stingiest clubs in the league.

Playing their third game in four nights, the Bruins had a 2-0 lead over the Rangers - who failed on six power plays and two 5-on-3s - going into the third. Zdeno Chara's slap shot snuck between two Rangers standing side-by-side and past a screened Lundqvist to break a scoreless tie at 8:44 of the second period.

Just 3:41 later, the Rangers surrendered their sixth shorthanded goal when Michael Rozsival fumbled the fluttering puck in his skates at the Boston blue line, and on the rush the other way, Dennis Wideman beat Lundqvist to the top corner with a wrister.

Then the Rangers regrouped. "We talked about it after the second period," Drury saod. "One shot cuts it in half. We've been here before."

The momentum turned when Dawes scored his first goal in 11 games from one knee as the Rangers' third line came alive. Dawes' goal, after a backhand pass from Lauri Korpikoski, came at 13:55 of the third period.

"As soon as we get one goal, we go harder to the net, we get more energy," said Lundqvist, who finished with 23 saves through regulation and 27 overall. "We wish we could get that goal a little earlier."

With Lundqvist pulled for an extra skater, Naslund provided the last-minute heroics, tying the game with 53 seconds left in regulation with his sixth goal of the season, a wrister off Thomas' right arm.

"I saw Dubi [Brandon Dubinsky] carrying the puck up the right side and I wanted to stay wide," Naslund said. "I just got the shot off as quick as possible."

Then it was up to Lundqvist, who won his 11th game in sparkling fashion. The Bruins had won two of three shootouts against the Rangers last season and the Rangers lost a shootout against Edmonton five days ago.

"Two in one week would have been bad," Lundqvist said. "I really wanted to have this one."

Even if it took a replay to do it.


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