NHL Game Summary - Toronto at NY Rangers
(Wednesday, April 10th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Mats Zuccarello scored the lone goal in the
shootout to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple
Leafs in a key late-season clash from Madison Square Garden.
Carl Hagelin and Ryan McDonagh each recorded a goal and an assist in
regulation to help the Rangers bounce back from a 4-3 setback to the Leafs in
Monday's opener of the home-and-home series between the clubs and move New
York into a tie with Ottawa and the New York Islanders for the final three
playoff spots in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Rangers will face the Islanders in Uniondale on Saturday.
"I'm happy they grinded away and found a way," Rangers head coach John
Tortorella said of his team. "It's a good team we were playing, but I'm happy
they found a way to get two points."
Henrik Lundqvist came up with 23 saves before turning back all three Toronto
skaters in the deciding phase.
Fresh off a two-goal, one-assist performance in Monday's triumph, Phil Kessel
potted both Toronto markers in the loss. James Reimer finished with 26 saves
for the Maple Leafs, who had won five of their last six coming in.
Toronto still managed to register a point for the 11th time in 12 outings,
having gone 7-1-4 over that strong stretch.
Kessel's second goal of the night, a tap-in off James van Riemsdyk's centering
feed during a Toronto rush, forged a 2-2 tie with just over eight minutes
elapsed in the third period, and Reimer sent the contest into extra time with
several critical saves during the final stages of regulation.
Lundqvist produced a big stop of his own in overtime, stoning Nazim Kadri from
point-blank range with less than two minutes to go to bring about the
After both teams failed on their initial opportunities, Zuccarello put New
York ahead with a wrist shot through Reimer's legs. Kadri then got Lundqvist
out of position on Toronto's second chance, but had the puck slide off his
Reimer kept the Leafs alive with a diving rejection of Ryan Callahan with his
left skate, but Lundqvist got his pads down in time to block Mikhail
Grabovski's try to give the Rangers the two points.
"The save he made in overtime was just humongous," said McDonagh of Lundqvist.
"I think after that he in himself wanted to make sure we got that second point
in the shootout, and he did a great job there as well."
The Rangers trailed 1-0 at the midway stage of the second period before
pulling even on Hagelin's ninth goal of the season. Reimer made a kick save on
a McDonagh shot from the left point, but the Swede was perfectly positioned at
the doorstep of the net to bang home the resulting rebound into an open right
side with 9:05 remaining in the frame.
McDonagh put New York on top just under six minutes later with a long wrist
shot that beat Reimer glove-side through traffic.
Toronto owned an 11-8 shot advantage in a scoreless first period, then went on
top early in the second when Kessel forced a turnover in the New York zone and
chipped the puck over Lundqvist's glove 1:42 into the middle session.
Zuccarello's goal was his first in the NHL since March 19, 2012 against New
Jersey. He began this season playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League
before rejoining the Rangers in late March ... Rangers center Derek Stepan
assisted on Hagelin's tally to extend his point streak to six games (four
goals, five assists) ... Van Riemsdyk now has notched two goals and three
assists during a four-game point streak ... Lundqvist permitted two goals or
fewer for the 11th time in 12 starts, having gone 7-3-2 over that span.
04/10 22:52:05 ET
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