Originally created 04/02/00

Bruins, Rangers tie



BOSTON -- Michael York scored with 80 seconds left in regulation and the New York Rangers forged a 2-2 tie with the Boston Bruins on Saturday, but the draw eliminated both teams from the playoffs.

John Tortorella, a Rangers assistant, coached his first game in place of John Muckler, who was fired Tuesday. General manager Neil Smith was also removed as a result of the team's late-season fall from the playoff race. The Rangers are 1-8-2 in their last 11 games and have been outscored 20-5 in their last four.

The Bruins and Rangers were eliminated because Montreal and Buffalo play each other Saturday night. One of those teams will reach 79 points and both own tiebreakers over Boston and New York.

Jay Henderson scored his first NHL goal and Antti Laaksonen added the other score for Boston, which is winless in its last five games (0-3-2).

York, who was robbed by John Grahame on a shot from in close seconds earlier, tied it on a rebound from the left post for his team-leading 26th goal.

Adam Graves scored the Rangers' other goal.

The Bruins grabbed a 2-1 lead when Laaksonen one-timed a shot from the slot at 12:55 of the second period after Andre Savage backhanded a perfect pass from behind the net.

Boston went ahead 1-0 when Henderson banked in a shot off Kirk McLean from behind the goal 16:06 into the opening period. Grahame had an assist, his first NHL point.

Graves' power-play goal 9:06 into the second period tied it 1-1. He collected a rebound at the right post and slipped a backhander past Grahame.

Grahame and McLean each stopped 29 shots.

Before the game, the Rangers suspended defenseman Stephane Quintal for the remainder of the season "for conduct deemed detrimental to the hockey club." On Friday, Quintal was quoted in a French language newspaper as having requested a trade back to Montreal, and saying Petr Nedved was not a top caliber center.

Quintal, signed as a free agent July 6 after four seasons with the Canadiens, later told the (New York) Daily News that he asked for the trade in November. He denied making the comment about Nedved.