NY Rangers (29-17-4) at Boston (35-8-6), 1:00 pm EST
BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins
got Phil Kessel back sooner than expected. Unfortunately, it
wasn't enough last time out.
Kessel and the Bruins will attempt to bounce back from a
disappointing loss when they host the New York Rangers on
The 21-year-old Kessel had a pair of assists as Boston rallied
from a two-goal deficit to take the lead in the third period
Thursday before suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey
Kessel's return was an unexpected boost for the Bruins as he was
expected to be sidelined for a month after being diagnosed with
mononucleosis. However, the emerging star missed only six
games, with Boston going 4-1-1 in his absence.
"This was as tough a game as (he) could have walked into,"
Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Kessel, who leads the team
with 24 goals. "Kessel hasn't played in a while and has had
just one practice with us."
The Rangers are coming off a 6-2 setback to the rival Pittsburgh
Penguins on Wednesday.
Nikolai Zherdev and defenseman Marc Staal scored for New York,
which has not lost to a team other than the Penguins since
January 9 - going 5-0-2 over that stretch.