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May 23. 2013 10:49PM

Rangers win in overtime, stay alive for Game 5


New York Rangers players surround left wing Chris Kreider (20) after he scores the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins during overtime Thursday night. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK — Chris Kreider’s goal 7:03 into overtime gave the New York Rangers a 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan and Brian Boyle also scored for New York. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 of 40 shots.

Boston leads the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game 5 is Saturday afternoon at T.D. Garden.

Nathan Horton, Torey Krug and Tyler Seguin also scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the Bruins.

Boston had leads of 1-0, 2-0 and 3-2. But New York led when it counted.

Horton’s power play goal put Boston up 1-0 4:39 into the second period. It was his fifth goal of the playoffs. King scored his third goal of the series 3:02 later.

Hagelin cut the lead to 2-1 at 8:39 when Rask fell down and could not reach the New York left winger’s backhander from the slot.

Stepan’s unassisted goal 1:15 into the third tied the score at 2.

Seguin put Boston up 3-2 with his first goal of the playoffs at 8:06 of the third.

Boyle drew New York even 1:54 later.

NOTES: Rangers center Brad Richards announced at Thursday’s morning skate he was a healthy scratch for Game 4. “I’m just disappointed,” Richards said. The New York center has been relegated to the fourth line since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Washington Capitals. He has averaged 10:47 of ice time in the series against the Bruins. Richards vowed to “work harder and try my best to never let this happen again.” ... This is the 10th time the Rangers and the Bruins have met in a Stanley Cup playoff series. The Bruins have a 6-3 series edge, but Boston has never swept New York in a best-of-seven. The Bruins beat the Rangers 2-0 in a two-game semifinal series in 1927 due to aggregate goal differential. Two years later, the Bruins swept the Rangers 2-0 in the Stanley Cup final.


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