NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Toronto |
(Saturday, February 11th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr scored two goals for the second
night in a row, as the New York Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2,
in the back end of a home-and-home set at Air Canada Centre.
On Friday, Jagr had two goals and one assist to lead the Rangers to a 4-2
victory. He moved to 40 goals on the season for a sixth time in his NHL career
and he currently leads the league with 88 points.
Martin Rucinsky and Petr Sykora each added a goal and an assist for New York,
which stayed hot with its sixth consecutive win.
Kevin Weekes got the start in net and made 28 saves in the win.
"We know we can score goals," said Weekes. "But the guys played great defense
in front of me tonight. They blocked shots and let me see the puck all night,
which is a big help."
Bryan McCabe and Jason Allison tallied goals for the Maple Leafs, who lost for
the 12th time in their last 15 games.
Ed Belfour continued to struggle in net, and allowed four goals on 22 shots.
New York took a 1-0 lead at the 12:15 mark of the opening period on Jagr's
39th goal of the season. At the right side of the net and parallel to the
goal, Jagr fired the puck from the bad angle and bounced the disc off
Belfour's left pad and into the net.
Just 5:51 into the middle session, the Rangers went up 2-0 after Sykora ripped
a wrister from the slot that sailed into the top right corner of the net. Less
than two minutes later, Jagr struck again, ripping a slap shot from the high
slot that beat Belfour through his five-hole.
At the 12:33 mark, Rucinsky gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead with a power-play
tally. At the right point, Rucinsky cranked a slap shot that beat Belfour high
to his glove side.
Late in the second stanza, the Maple Leafs finally got on the board with
McCabe's 17th goal of the season, coming on the man advantage.
Early in the final frame, Toronto cut the deficit in half on Allison's 10th
goal of the season. Allison tucked home a rebound in front after a Mats Sundin
wrister from the high slot.
The Leafs were unable to score the rest of the way as the Rangers headed into
the Olympic break with a victory and sole possession of first place in the
Atlantic Division with 78 points.
Before the game, the Maple Leafs announced they have signed defenseman Tomas
Kaberle to a five-year contract extension. He finished with two assists...New
York improved to 16-9-3 on the road this season and its next game will be on
March 2 in Philadelphia...Toronto dropped to 17-10-2 at home and will return
to the ice on February 28 against the visiting Washington Capitals.
02/11 22:50:37 ET