NEW YORK — Riley Nash and Zdeno Chara scored first-period goals, and Patrice Bergeron added two in the second to help the surging Bruins swamp the Rangers 6-1 on Wednesday night.
The Bruins won for the 18th time in their past 23 games, getting 21 saves from backup netminder Anton Khudobin. The Bruins moved one point behind the Atlantic Division-leading Lightning.
Tim Schaller’s goal that made it 4-1 at 7:25 of the second period chased Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and brought boos from the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec.
After Rick Nash gave the Rangers an early lead with his 16th goal five minutes into the first period, the Bruins began their barrage. Riley Nash tied it with his eighth of the season at 7:54 .
The Rangers have lost four straight and seven of eight. They are 3-10-0 since winning at Arizona on Jan. 6. They last missed the playoffs in 2010.
Game highlights: James van Riemsdyk scored in the seventh round of the shootout and once in regulation as the host Maple Leafs defeated the Predators 3-2.
Ten-game suspension for Senators’ Burrows
Senators forward Alex Burrows was suspended 10 games for serving as an aggressor and kneeing the Devils’ Taylor Hall in the head during a scrum Tuesday, the NHL said. The suspension is tied for the longest handed out by the NHL this season.
Burrows had a telephone hearing after waiving his right to an in-person hearing. An in-person hearing meant the league was considering a suspension of at least six games.
Burrows took a big hit from Hall in the game. During a stoppage in play, he wrestled Hall to the ice and kneed him twice in the head while on top of him. Burrows got minors for cross-checking and roughing.
Also suspended for 10 games this season were Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas for slashing Jets forward Mathieu Perreault and Red Wings defenseman Luke Witkowski for returning to the ice to take part in a fight (that ban was automatic under league rules). Burrows can appeal. If the 10 games stand, he will miss a Feb. 22 game against the Lightning .
NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk blog and Canada’s TSN contributed to this report.