Rangers defeat Bruins, 2-1 Messier sets up both goals


NEW YORK -- Mark Messier celebrated his first home game at Madison Square Garden by setting up both New York goals, including Mike Gartner's game-winner 31 seconds into overtime that gave the Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins last night.

Messier, who helped lead the Edmonton Oilers to five Stanley Cups, was acquired from the Oilers on Friday. Since his arrival, the Rangers have won a pair of 2-1 decisions, both in overtime, with Messier assisting on three of the four goals.

Messier's first home appearance as a Ranger was greeted by thunderous applause from the crowd of 17,542 as he took the ice in pre-game ceremonies honoring New York's former team captains.

Matt DelGuidice and New York's John Vanbiesbrouck, bot aided by friendly goal posts, kept the game scoreless until New York's John Ogrodnick chipped a pass from Brian Leetch into the net at 2:43 of the third period. Messier started the play by feeding Leetch.

But the Bruins wasted little time retaliating. Defenseman Ray Bourque re-tied the game 38 seconds later by beating Vanbiesbrouck with a slap shot from the left circle.

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