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BOSTON -- The Bruins scored two goals in the last 1:31 to force overtime, but the New York Rangers pulled out the extra point with a 4-3 shootout win over Boston in an Original Six battle Tuesday night.

The victory was the third in a row for the Rangers (7-5-0), while the Bruins, off to the best 10-game start in franchise history, fell to 8-1-2, with both of their extra-time losses coming at the hands of the Rangers.

Boston's Brad Marchand scored the goal to force to OT, but goalie Henrik Lundqvist, brilliant all night, stopped four shots in the overtime and was successful on three of the Bruins' four shootout chances.

David Krejci, the No. 4 Boston shooter, lost control of the puck, and Ryan Callahan then beat Tuukka Rask at the other end to close out the game. Rick Nash had scored earlier in the shootout for New York.

While Lundqvist, who came in with a 1.63 career goals against average against the Bruins and improved to 21-7-2 against Boston, was outstanding (37 saves), Tuukka Rask wasn't as sharp at the other end, one goal questionable and another downright bad.

With Rask pulled at the other end, Horton scored on a rebound at 18:29 to make it 3-2. Rask returned to the net and quickly came out again. This time, Patrice Bergeron's shot from the high slot was blocked by Ryan McDonagh. But the puck went right to Marchand, who fired it into the top corner for his seventh of the young season.

Carl Hagelin (No. 4), Derek Stepan (No. 2) and defenseman Anton Stralman (No. 1) scored for the Rangers, now 5-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Nineteen of the last 24 games between the two old rivals have been decided by one goal.

Krejci ended the shutout bid with his fourth goal of the season, on a rebound after Lundqvist made a spectacular save on a deflected shot. Then came the wild finish that drove a crowd that had been quiet most of the night into a state of delirium.

Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg both had two assists for the Bruins.

The teams came into the game 28th and 29th in the NHL on the power play and both came up empty again. One of the New York kills came on the Rangers' sixth too-many-men penalty of the season (three goals against on the six infractions).

The Rangers were being outshot 8-2 when a strong power move by Nash led to a falling Nash sending a backhand pass to Hagelin for Hagelin's third goal in the last two games, the goal at 10:37 of the first period.

An ill-advised cross-ice pass by Lucic led to Stepan getting the puck with a 2-on-1. His shot didn't look like the greatest but it was good enough to elude Rask at 8:17 of the second period.

The second period ended with the Bruins two men down, the penalties carrying over into the third period. But the New York power play failed again. Soon after, though, Stralman carried down the right side and let a shot go that somehow got over Rask's right pad.

NOTES: The Bruins signed veteran winger Jay Pandolfo to a one-year/two-way contract (pro-rated share of $660,000 NHL/$350,000 minors) and placed him on waivers so they can send him to Providence. The former Boston University star and native of nearby Winchester, Mass., a standout penalty killer and defensive forward who played for the Islanders last season after 13 with New Jersey, had been skating with the team and was free to sign with any NHL team. He'll be 39 Dec. 27. ... Speaking of local college stars, New York's Brian Boyle, who went to Boston College, was a healthy scratch for the third straight game, saying, "It's infuriating sitting out, it's awful. And it's pissing me off a lot." ... Another BU product, Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy, played in his 200th NHL game. ... The Rangers host the Islanders Thursday night, while the Bruins open a five-game road trip in Buffalo Friday night. ... Boston's Shawn Thornton returned after missing three games with a concussion suffered in a fight with Buffalo's John Scott. ... The Boston-Tampa Bay game snowed out over the weekend in Boston will be made up April 25. ... Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, in a contract season, says he wants to remain in Boston but salary cap limitations could force him to accept less to stay or look elsewhere.
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