New Look Rangers Fall Again to Toronto
Despite rushing new acquisition Martin St.Louis via private jet to last night’s game against the Maple Leafs, the Rangers post-olympic slump continued, falling to Toronto 3-2 in overtime.
The Rangers, who outplayed Toronto for most of the game outshooting them 37-29, fell victim in the 2nd to a Tyler Bozak penalty shot that made its way past Henrik Lundqvist to give the Leafs a 1-0 lead. Bozak’s goal was followed by a 3rd period snipe from teammate Nazem Kadri to put the Leafs ahead by two.
The Rangers showed resiliency in the third, with Ryan McDonagh and John Moore able to get two past Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier to send the game into overtime. The goal was McDonagh’s 10th of the season, he becomes one of only 10 defensmen to achieve that this season.
Overtime proved to be the final nail in the Rangers coffin, as Bozak struck again, ending the Rangers chances at a comeback on their first night without recently traded captain Ryan Callahan.
Martin St.Louis was highly visible in his first game with the Blueshirts. He managed three shots on goal in just over 20 minutes of ice time, but the chemistry between him and former teammate Brad Richards was evident. Richards looked rejuvenated and this line should produce at a high level for the rest of the season.
The Rangers anxiously anticipate the return of Mats Zuccarello on Friday in Carolina, where they will look to come away with two points. The Rangers are currently one point above 4th place Columbus for the third and final playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division with 70.
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