NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Toronto
(Saturday, October 17th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Brandon Dubinsky registered a goal and an assist, and Henrik Lundqvist turned away 34 shots as the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to seven games with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
Michael Del Zotto scored for the Rangers, who matched their longest winning streak since February 1 to March 2 of the 2005-06 campaign. Marc Staal and Enver Lisin each lit the lamp in the win. Marian Gaborik notched two assists and has now recorded at least one point in all eight games this season.
"It helps when you're 7-1, you make the right decisions," said Lundqvist. "It makes us more persistent...and we score at crucial times."
Ian White scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who are still searching for their first win of 2009-2010 and fell to 0-6-1.
Dubinsky's unassisted wrister at the 16-minute mark of the first period broke the scoreless tie.
"I think we played a few good series. We need a few things to go our way...then I think things are going to happen. When it rains it pours," said Leafs defenseman Jay Rosehill.
The Rangers then broke the game open early in the second. Gaborik assisted on Staal's wrap-around goal with 4:36 elapsed. Then, 77 seconds later on a power play, Gaborik fed a pass to Del Zotto, who slapped the puck into the net for a 3-0 New York lead.
White, though, wristed a shot into the twine just 23 ticks after Del Zotto's tally to close it to two goals, which held up through the second.
Lisin's snap shot about 2 1/2 minutes into the third accounted for the final margin.
New York hasn't lost since a season-opening 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh...The Rangers faced off with the Leafs on Monday at Madison Square Garden and came away with a five-goal victory...The Rangers now own a 30-12 scoring edge during their winning streak...The Maple Leafs, whose only point of the season came in a 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal in the season opener, have been outscored 20-6 in the past four games...Toronto opens a five-game road trip starting with a matchup at Vancouver on October 24. The Leafs announced Friday that defenseman Mike Van Ryn has opted to undergo re-alignment knee surgery, ending his season and potentially his career. Van Ryn is scheduled to have surgery on October 22 and his recovery time is expected to be six months...The Leafs took three of four from New York in 2008-09 and have won five of 10 overall in the series. Toronto won both meetings as the host last year.
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