BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara gave his team a spark with his rare fight. Then he won the game with his usual blistering slap shot.
Bruins 3, Rangers 2
Chara and Patrice Bergeron scored third-period goals to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 comeback win over the New York Rangers on Friday.
With just under 9 minutes left, Chara unloaded a low slap shot from straight away about 10 feet inside the blue line that beat Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist between his pads.
After he fired his shot, Chara was knocked to the ice. When the puck went into the net, while still on his knees, he pumped his fists in the air in celebration.
"I saw an opening.
In the second period, Chara squared off with the Rangers' Brian Boyle, knocking him to the ice and bringing a loud roar from the sellout TD Garden crowd. It was Chara's first fighting major of the season.
"I feel it's been a while since the last time we've had a fight like that," Boston goalie Tuukka Rask said. "It usually happens in the blink of an eye. It gives a team a boost and really wakes up a crowd, a crowd gets really loud. I think as a team -- I can't say we woke up -- but it definitely gave us an extra boost and we never looked back after that."
Brad Marchand also scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins, who improved to 9-2-2 in their last 13 games.
Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh scored for the Rangers.
Rask stopped 17 shots for Boston, which hasn't lost in regulation at home in its last 10 games (8-0-2).
Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who played their first game in Boston since the Bruins eliminated them in five games in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last spring.
"I don't think we played the way we needed to in the second or the third," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said.