The winner came on a blast from Zdeno Chara from the high slot, completing the Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) for the Bruins captain. But the scoring play started earlier, with hard work from the team’s first line, especially Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla.

There was serious pressure and, because of that, there were rushed passes and mistakes from the Rangers that allowed the Bruins to set up Chara for the score that broke a tie with 8:55 left in the third period at TD Garden.

Chara’s goal gave Boston a 3-2 win over the Rangers in the day-after-Thanksgiving matinee just 36 hours after an abysmal loss to the Red Wings in Detroit, and a day after a closed-door meeting that followed practice.

As the Bruins got feistier against New York, they also got better. The 6-foot-9-inch Chara had a rare fight with a near-equal in size in 6-foot-7-inch Brian Boyle with 5:03 left in the second period, as the Bruins found an edge they had lost against Detroit and in the early going against New York.

There also was a good start to the third period, resulting in a tying goal from the second line, its second goal of the game. This one came from Patrice Bergeron off a pass from Brad Marchand, who had his first multi-point game of the season.

While Marchand didn’t have a perfect game, he did show improvement. There were, as there have been all season, inconsistent periods and shifts, but this was a better Marchand Friday.

While the Bruins had some good chances early — Chara hitting the crossbar, Reilly Smith nearly putting away a rebound from a Carl Soderberg shot in the crease — they didn’t convert until Marchand’s one-timer beat Henrik Lundqvist to open the scoring.

The goal came off a cross-ice pass from Chara and included some good puck movement from the second line before the score at 11:42 of the period.

But the Bruins went into hibernation shortly thereafter, with Tuukka Rask looking mortal as he allowed two goals in 82 seconds in the first period.

The equalizer came on a strong move by Rick Nash, as he got by both Chara and Bergeron on his way to beating Rask at 13:04. The Rangers then pulled ahead on a goal by Ryan McDonagh, the eighth allowed by Rask in four periods of play.