NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Toronto
(Saturday, December 29th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 6, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr registered a goal and three assists as the New York Rangers routed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-1, at Air Canada Centre.
Martin Straka added a goal and a helper for the Rangers, who have won two in a row and set a new season high for goals in one game. Petr Prucha scored twice, while Blair Betts and Brendan Shanahan tallied once each.
Stephen Valiquette made 27 stops to post his second win of the season.
Darcy Tucker hit the net for the Maple Leafs, losers of three in a row and five of six. Toronto played its first home game since December 10, following a 2-4-1 road trip.
Andrew Raycroft took the loss by allowing five goals in just over 30 minutes of work. Scott Clemmensen finished the game by allowing one goal on five shots.
"We caught the Leafs when they were just plain flat," Shanahan said. "I played a long time in the Western Conference, you come back off a six, seven game road trip, you never play right. It's tough to get the legs back."
The Rangers seized control of the contest with three goals in the second period, all on the power play.
New York went up by three when Prucha redirected home Sean Avery's blind backhand centering feed from the right boards 3:58 into the second period.
Shanahan's 13th of the season less than four minutes later opened up a four- goal Rangers lead, and Straka's right point blast at 10:31 gave the visitors a 5-0 advantage and finally chased Raycroft from the net.
Things did not get better for the Leafs or Clemmensen early in the third as Prucha picked up his second of the night on the power play 1:09 in.
Tucker ruined Valiquette's shutout bid with a goal at 8:20, but it was the lone Toronto highlight in a total Rangers romp.
Betts gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with 7:31 left in the first, as he circled the Toronto net from right to left and managed to sneak a stuffer off Raycroft's pad and in.
Jagr tacked on another tally a little more than three minutes later, as he took the rebound of Michal Rozsival's shot and slid it into the cage from the left circle.
"I thought in the first period we were all right," said Leafs forward Wade Belak. "Gave up a couple of goals, but on lucky breaks. The second period was just a catastrophe. We took too many penalties, that killed us. They took the momentum and that's tough to come back from."
New York had not scored more than five goals in a regular-season game since a 7-2 win over Toronto on April 1...The Rangers set a season-high with five power-play goals...The Leafs had won four of the last six matchups...Toronto has allowed five or more goals 10 times this season, six on home ice...Scott Gomez assisted on Shanahan's goal to extend his point streak to 11 games...The Rangers host Montreal on Sunday...Toronto hosts Tampa Bay on New Year's Day.
12/29 22:18:28 ET