NHL Game Summary - Toronto at NY Rangers
(Saturday, October 27th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, NY Rangers 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Vesa Toskala stopped 32 shots to lead Toronto past the New York Rangers, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden.
Pavel Kubina picked up a goal and one assist for the Maple Leafs, who have won two in a row. John Pohl, Nik Antropov and Chad Kilger also lit the lamp.
Jaromir Jagr provided the lone goal for the Rangers, who have lost five of their last six and sport the NHL's most anemic offense with 16 goals in 10 games.
Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 22 shots for his second regulation loss in three starts.
"We got too tentative, I didn't like the way we were standing on our heels instead of being proactive," said Rangers head coach Tom Renney.
After New York scored the first goal of the game, the Leafs hit the net three times in the second period to take control of the contest.
Kubina's quick shot from the right circle at 8:35 drew Toronto even at 1-1.
Toronto then took a 2-1 lead as Pohl picked up his first goal of the season on a slapper from the slot with 4:14 to play in the period. Lundqvist misplayed a clear behind the net right to Boyd Devereaux, who passed to Pohl for the score.
Antropov boosted the advantage to 3-1 by tipping home Tomas Kaberle's centering feed only 1:20 later.
Toskala made the two-goal edge stand up, making 10 saves in the final 20 minutes, including a pair of acrobatic stops with 90 seconds left as three Rangers poked away at the puck in the crease.
Kilger added an empty-net goal with 16 seconds remaining to seal the win.
"Coming in here, we knew the Rangers have struggled, we knew they would come out strong from the start," said Leafs captain Mats Sundin. "Our defense did a great job of closing that gap off in the neutral zone."
Jagr broke a scoreless tie with 5:44 played in the second period as he unloaded a snap shot from the right faceoff dot, but the Rangers offense was dormant for the remainder of the game.
Despite losing, the Rangers have won five of the nine meetings over the last two-plus seasons...Kubina's goal was the first even-strength tally given up by the Rangers in 230 minutes, 37 seconds dating back to October 18 in Atlanta.
10/27 22:28:32 ET