NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Toronto
(Tuesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, NY Rangers 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Bryan McCabe scored both goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Air Canada Centre.
Tomas Kaberle had two assists and Ed Belfour made 27 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have won two in a row.
Kevin Weekes made 22 saves and Jaromir Jagr had the lone goal for the Rangers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
The Maple Leafs got the only goal of the opening 20 minutes on a 5-on-3 power play. Jason Allison had the puck down low on the left side of the net and he sent a pass to Kaberle at the left point. He immediately sent the puck to McCabe at the right point and his one-timer beat Weekes for his seventh goal of the season with 1:59 left in the period.
The Rangers tied the game at the 6:14 mark of the second. Michael Nylander skated around the net and sent a pass to Jagr. His shot from the left circle beat Belfour for his league-leading 18th goal of the season.
McCabe's second power-play goal of the night came 3:37 into the third. Strong fore checking by Jeff O'Neill caused the Rangers to turn over the puck deep in their zone. O'Neill sent a pass to Kaberle at the left point and he flicked the puck to McCabe at the right point. His wrist shot beat Weekes.
"Tommy made a couple of great passes which let me get the puck on the net," said McCabe.
The Rangers almost tied the game when Marcel Hossa sent a shot between Belfour's pads with a little over eight minutes to play. However, the puck was ruled dead before he shot it when Hossa knocked the puck down with a high stick.
Martin Straka had a golden opportunity to tie the game when he went in all alone on the breakaway with a bit over six minutes to play. He made a move and beat Belfour, but his backhand shot hit the post.
New York pulled Weekes during the last minute of play, but was unable to get the equalizer.
"We are playing better defensively," said McCabe. "Keeping out of the box made the difference tonight, we now have a couple of wins under our belt, but we need to keep it up to get a roll going."
Toronto will play at Boston on Thursday...The Rangers will conclude their five-game road trip at Carolina on Thursday...The Maple Leafs have defeated the Rangers in five straight meetings...The Rangers have lost the last four times at Toronto...This was Eric Lindros' first game against the Rangers since signing with the Maple Leafs before this season...McCabe leads the NHL in power play points with 17...Toronto has power play goals in 17 of its 19 games...The Rangers were 0-for-4 on the power play, while Toronto was 2-for-4.
11/15 22:34:25 ET