Brad Marchand disses Rangers’ Ryan Lindgren after ugly hit

Bruins forward Brad Marchand crosschecked Ryan Lindgren during the second period of Boston’s 3-1 win Sunday at the Garden. He then took another verbal shot at the Rangers’ defenseman after the game

Lindgren had shoved Bruins star Patrice Bergeron before Marchand was penalized for a retaliatory crosscheck.

“I didn’t even know he was here,” Marchand said afterward of Lindgren, a former second-round pick of the Bruins whose rights were acquired by the Rangers in the Rick Nash trade in 2018. “He’s not gonna be a player who’s gonna have a very long career, so I’m not overly concerned about him.”

Marchand, who was knocked to the ice by an unpenalized hit from Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich following his hit on Lindgren, added that he had no on-ice history with Lindgren prior to Sunday’s game.

“He’s a good steady defenseman but there’s nothing that has come up in the past,” the pesky Bruin said. “All the best to him, hope he does a great job, but I can’t see it.”

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Linesman Scott Cherrey separates the Rangers’ Ryan Lindgren and the Bruins’ Brad Marchand during a fight in the second period on Sunday.AP

Since David Quinn anointed rookie Igor Shesterkin the Rangers’ new No. 1 goaltender Thursday, Alexandar Georgiev has started every game.

Georgiev stopped 29 of 31 shots and provided the Rangers a chance for their fifth consecutive win Sunday, but a wacky bounce and a shorthanded breakaway were enough to send them to that 3-1 loss.

Shesterkin, who has won six of seven NHL starts since he was called up from AHL Hartford on Jan. 6, has been sidelined since Thursday with an ankle issue, with Georgiev backstopping wins Thursday and Friday in Minnesota and Columbus.

Asked if starting Georgiev for a third straight game was more a product of his hot play or Shesterkin’s injury, Quinn replied it was “a little bit of both.”

“It feels really good. It’s much more fun to play,” the 24-year-old Georgiev said. “It’s really special and I appreciate it.”

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Boston’s first goal — credited to defenseman Charlie McAvoy — bounded off of Rangers teammates Mika Zibanejad and Jacob Trouba and floated over Georgiev’s glove for a 1-0 deficit in the final minute of the first period.

“Pretty tough bounce,” Georgiev said. “I played the puck behind the net and just rimmed it along the boards. [McAvoy] got it and fired the puck real quick. There was some traffic and it hit something and went over me. It was a pretty tough bounce. I just saw that it was really high and I tried to grab it with my glove.”

Boston also scored on a shorthanded breakaway by Charlie Coyle in the second period and an empty-netter by Patrice Bergeron in the closing seconds.

“I think we were pretty confident going into this game,” Georgiev said. “It was obviously a tight game today, I think we had a good battle with Boston. We just have to learn from it and keep playing the way we’ve been playing.”


Artemi Panarin’s assist on Zibanejad’s third-period goal extended his point streak to six games (2-5-7). His team-high 78 points this season are the third-most in his five-year career.

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