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New York 1, Boston 0

NEW YORK (AP) -- Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in posting his
second straight preseason shutout, and Adam Hall's late
second-period goal was the difference in the New York Rangers' 1-0
victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

Lundqvist has been in just two exhibition games as he prepares
for his second NHL season, but hasn't shown any rust from the light
workload. He followed up his 22-save effort against New Jersey last
Wednesday with another perfect complete-game performance for the
Rangers (4-1).

Boston's Tim Thomas also went the whole way and looked good in
making 27 saves. He has been touched for only three goals on 78
shots in three exhibition games.

His only blemish Wednesday was Hall's second tally of the
preseason.

After the Bruins lost the puck inside the New York blue line,
Hall and Martin Straka sped the other way up the ice on a 2-on-2
rush.

Hall moved the puck to Straka, who made a hard cut from the
right circle and got off a shot in front of Thomas. The rebound
kicked out to the edge of the crease where Hall chipped it over the
goalie's pad with a second back-handed whack at 15:31 of the middle
period.

What might concern Rangers coach Tom Renney is his club's
inability to cash in on numerous power-play chances. The
man-advantage units were 0-for-7 and have failed on all 36
preseason opportunities. Boston was 0-for-4 -- including one that
spanned the final 1:47 when Lundqvist stood tall -- and is 7-for-35
overall.

Even the officials are trying to sharpen their skills. Rangers
forward Ryan Hollweg was whistled for delay of game midway through
the third period, but the infraction was rescinded during a TV
timeout.

Boston (4-2) put out its regular lineup, including forwards
Patrice Bergeron and Glen Murray and new defenseman Zdeno Chara, in
a half-empty Madison Square Garden. Brendan Shanahan, New York's
biggest offseason acquisition, took the night off to nurse a minor
groin injury.

Jaromir Jagr also sat out for the fifth straight game. He was
cleared for full-contact practices this week for the first time
since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Renney said after the
game that he might not know until Friday whether the NHL MVP
runner-up will play in either of New York's final two preseason
contests.

The Rangers and Bruins will meet again Saturday in Boston,
concluding their exhibition schedules before the regular season
begins next week.