NEW YORK -- The scoreboard showed that the Boston Bruins were only even with the New York Rangers after the first period. In reality, Tuukka Rask had already won the game for the Atlantic Division leaders.
Rask made 19 saves in a one-sided opening period, and defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists to lift the Bruins to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers on Sunday night.
New York jumped ahead 14-1 in shots and took a 1-0 lead it couldn't hold. The Bruins skated off in a tie despite being badly outshot.
"We were stuck in quicksand. We didn't do anything there, just gave them all kinds of chances," Rask said. "Then we finally got that goal, got some life, and the last eight minutes in the first we played good.
"You're outshot 20-9 and it's 1-1 so you're somewhat relieved. We got better and got the lead and never gave it up."
Rask finished with 39 saves. He outdueled New York's Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 27 shots on his 32nd birthday but lost for the second straight day.