RANGERS 4, BRUINS 3: Derek Stepan snapped a tie with 7:39 remaining in the third period as New York edged visiting Boston to move one point ahead of idle Vancouver in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
Defenseman Anton Stralman, rookie Carl Hagelin and All-Star Marian Gaborik also scored, Brad Richards and blue-liner Michael Del Zotto notched two assists apiece and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the Rangers, who have won four straight at home and are 4-0-2 in their last six overall.
Just 39 seconds after David Krejci knotted the contest during a 3-on-2 rush, Stepan unleashed a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that found the top right corner of the net for his 14th goal of the season.
Stralman and Hagelin scored 70 seconds apart early in a fight-filled first period to give New York a 2-0 lead.
Stralman beat All-Star Tim Thomas with a wrist shot from above the left faceoff circle at 5:05 for his third goal. Shortly thereafter, Hagelin got the puck behind the net and threw it into the crease, where it deflected off Bruins defenseman Greg Zanon and in for his 12th tally.
Boston got on the board less than two minutes later as Benoit Pouliot fired a one-timer past Lundqvist from the slot after Jordan Caron deflected a pass attempt by Stralman.
Caron tied the game 1:40 into the second when he intercepted a pass by All-Star defenseman Dan Girardi in the neutral zone, carried the puck across the blue line and rifled it past Lundqvist from the top of the left circle.
Gaborik put New York ahead less than 3 1/2 minutes into the third with his 32nd goal. Boston blue-liner Dennis Seidenberg's clear attempt from the right of the crease banked off the end boards to Gaborik, who buried it at the left post for a 3-2 edge.
Thomas stopped 13 shots for the Bruins, who fell 12 points behind the Rangers for first place in the Eastern Conference.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Three fights took place in the opening period as Boston's Lane MacDermid battled Mike Rupp 2 1/2 minutes into the contest during his first shift in the NHL. New York's Brendan Prust took on Milan Lucic while Stu Bickel tussled with Gregory Campbell of the Bruins later in the session. ... Boston lost in regulation for the first time in four road games (2-1-1). ... Rangers captain Ryan Callahan missed his third straight contest with a bruised foot.