NHL Scores: Bruins and Rangers duke it out at MSG as Blues and Coyotes play 5th straight

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Feb 12, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) and Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) collide in the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photos-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers and Bruins played their back end of a two game set, while the Blues and Coyotes played for the 6th straight time against each other. They are scheduled to go out two more times and wrap up their 8 game set by Monday.

NHL Scores: Bruins shutout Rangers in chippy contest

The Rangers (4-6-3) and Bruins (10-1-2) played a hard fought contest with Boston coming out of a 1-0 winner. It was a goaltending duel which came down to who would make a mistake first; Igor Shesterkin or Jaroslav Halak.

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Brendan Lemieux and Trent Frederic fight in the second period -Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photos-USA TODAY Sports

That came in the second period when Nick Ritchie stayed with the puck and just chipped it over the pad of Shesterkin who failed to hug the post after the initial stop. The Rangers goalie stopped 29 of 30, while Halak turned aside all 21 he faced.

“I just try to play my best every night and not every night it’s going to work out, but it seems like it’s been working against these guys,” the Bruins winning goalie said. “Tonight, I thought we were really good in the second and third periods.”

The game had 58 minutes of penalties and saw lots of chippy play from Bruins super-pest Brad Marchand who somehow only received one penalty after spearing Brett Howden in the chest twice.

Brendan Lemieux tuned up Trent Frederic after a quick conversation on a face-off. Then Pavel Buchnevich, not known for throwing a punch took on Jeremy Lauzon and did fairly well. These two are scheduled to meet at MSG on 2/26 and 2/28.

NHL Scores: Blues and Coyotes must be bored by now

The Blues (8-4-2) and Coyotes (6-6-1) played for the 5th straight time last night. St. Louis won this one by a score of 4-1 with Justin Faulk scoring twice. They will play each other again today and on Monday. The 8th and final game is scheduled for April 17.

“The compete level is going up every game, and it’s kind of becoming like a playoff series,” Jordan Kyrou said after the victory. “Every win is important.”

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