Goalie John Vanbiesbrouck blanked Boston for two periods and t
Feb. 08, 1986
BOSTON (AP) _ Goalie John Vanbiesbrouck blanked Boston for two periods and then withstood a furious assault in the final 20 minutes Saturday, leading the New York Rangers to a 3-2 NHL victory over the Boston Bruins.
Boston outshot the Rangers 37-19 but was frustrated by Vanbiesbrouck in taking a second consecutive loss at home for the first time this season. The Bruins were beaten by Buffalo 8-6 here Thursday night.
Vanbiesbrouck had 16 saves in the first period, eight in the second and 13 in the third. He robbed Keith Crowder from closeup with 2:25 left and then made a chest save on a point blank drive by Rick Middleton in the final minute.
The Rangers jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Tomas Sandstrom and Pierre Larouche in the first period. Then, after Charlie Simmer got Boston to within 2-1 with his 21st goal on a power play early in the third period, New York scored what proved to be the deciding goal.
Defenseman Willie Huber regained New York's two-goal advantage by coverting aa passout from Ron Greschner just 25 seconds after Boston's Louis Sleigher was penalized for slashing at 5:43.
The Rangers then hung on, getting only four shots on Boston goalie Pat Riggin in the third period, to become only the fifth visiting team to win at Boston this season.
Defeneman Mats Thelin renewed Boston hopes by beating Vanbiesbrouck on a long slapshot at 7:18, but the Bruins were unable to get the equalizer.
Sandstrom scored his 18th goal in the fourth minute of play, sweeping in a pass from Reijo Rutsalainen on a delayed penalty call against Boston.
Larouche, a veteran recently recalled from the minors, scored his second goal of the season at 17:21, intercepting a Thelin clearing pass and firing a 35-foot slapshot between Riggin's legs.