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Bruins Falter In Third, Fall 2-1 To Rangers

Rangers score twice in third period, hand Bruins 7th lost in last 9 games.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Jesper Fast's goal with 1:42 remaining in the third period proved to be the decisive blow, handing the Bruins their second straight loss and 7th over their last 9 games.

Leading 1-0 heading into the final frame, the Bruins wasted no time letting the Rangers draw even. Derrick Brassard's 15th goal of the year, just 35 seconds into the final frame, matriculated following Ryan McDonagh's undressing of Bruins traffic cone Kevan Miller. Mats Zuccarello picked up the puck from McDonagh, drove to the net and watched as his rebound trickled by Torey Krug --imitating fellow teammates Miller and Adam McQuaid by lying down -- and onto the blade of Brassard's stick. It was a real treat to watch.

Tuukka Rask played well again, stopping 28 of 30 shots. Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist was a wall -- as he usually is against the Bruins -- making 32 saves in the Rangers victory.

Jimmy Hayes put the Bruins on the board 9:04 into the second period. The goal is Hayes' 10th, making him the fifth member of the B's to have double-digit goals on the season, and gives the Dorchester native his 5th in his last 6 games.

The Bruins brought a flurry of pressure in the final 1:20 with Rask pulled, but were unable to put the black rubber disc (puck) past Lundqvist. Brett Connolly beat Lundqvist late in the second period, only to watch his wrister ring off the left post. The snake-bitten winger has just 1 goal in his last 29 contests.

The B's return to action on Wednesday night, as they continue their road-trip with a NBCSN Rivalry Night matchup against the beloved Philadelphia Flyers. .