National Hockey League
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Toronto Maple Leafs
ML: TOR +180
NY Rangers Rangers
ML: NYR -200
Goalie Performance
Jonathan Bernier
#45 G Jonathan Bernier
Antti Raanta
#32 G Antti Raanta
0.867 SV% 26 SV
0.885 SV% 23 SV
Scoring Leaders
Dion Phaneuf
#3 D Dion Phaneuf Goals Assists 1 1
Byron Froese
#56 C Byron Froese Goals Assists 0 2
Joffrey Lupul
#19 LW Joffrey Lupul Goals Assists 1 0
Mats Zuccarello
#36 RW Mats Zuccarello Goals Assists 1 2
Ryan McDonagh
#27 D Ryan McDonagh Goals Assists 1 1
Derek Stepan
#21 C Derek Stepan Goals Assists 1 0

NEW YORK -- A trend has revealed itself seven weeks into the 2015-16 National Hockey League season.

The New York Rangers win hockey games. All manners, all fashions.

The latest came Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, when right winger Mats Zuccarello capped a three-point performance with a goal with less than a minute left in regulation in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We are at nine wins in a row," Zuccarello said of New York's winning streak. "You feel it in the room. Everyone is comfortable."

The Rangers improved to 14-2-2. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh and centers Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard also scored. Goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 23 of 26 shots.

Center Peter Holland, left winger Joffrey Lupul and defenseman Dion Phaneuf scored for Toronto (5-9-4), which had a three-game winning streak come to an end. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves.

Zuccarello jammed a rebound through Bernier for the game-winning goal.

"I let them down tonight," Bernier said.

The Leafs led 1-0 at the first intermission due to Holland's third goal of the season and Bernier's play in net. In the first period, Bernier was aggressive against New York's shooters, challenging shots and cutting down angles after coming in with a 3.02 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

Bernier's aggressiveness cost him and the Leafs, though, when New York drew even on McDonagh's goal 44 seconds into the second period. Bernier overplayed Zuccarello coming up the left side, leaving a half-empty net for McDonagh to shoot at to make it 1-1

Nearly 15 minutes later, Bernier allowed a goal that could summarized his tenure with the Leafs. The Toronto netminder allowed Stepan's shot from the red line to slide under his pads and into the net.

It was not the first time during his two-and-a-half seasons with the Leafs that Bernier surrendered a goal from center ice. Arizona defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored five seconds into the second period of the Coyotes' 3-1 win over the Leafs on Jan. 30 at the Air Canada Centre.

"It doesn't matter if the ice is bad or not, I've got to have that," Bernier said. "It cost two points for my team tonight."

Maple Leafs left winger Joffrey Lupul evened things at 2 with 2:22 left in the second period, but Brassard's goal 3:37 into the third gave the Rangers a 3-2 advantage. Brassard tapped Zuccarello's feed home for his sixth goal of the season.

Phaneuf equalized just 98 seconds later after Brassard's goal for the Leafs before Zuccarello's ninth of the season sealed it for New York.

"We should have won tonight but that's life," Lupul said. "We're not satisfied with getting close."

NOTES: Toronto scratched D Frank Corrado, D Martin Marincin and RW Brad Boyes, while New York scratched D Dan Boyle and RW Emerson Etem. ... When he met with reporters at his pregame press conference, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault explained his rationale for sitting Boyle. "(It's) our fourth game in six nights," Vigneault said. "I had this conversation with Dan -- I told him (Saturday) night and, obviously, he doesn't like it; he's a competitor, he wants to play. I do think he understands, and I do want to get (D Dylan McIlrath) in, also." ... Neither team accomplished anything of note on the power play. Toronto was 0-for-3, and New York went 0-for-2. ... New York D Ryan McDonagh finished with a goal and an assist. ... Toronto D Dion Phaneuf had a two-point night with a goal and an assist. ... Leafs C Byron Froese had two assists. ... New York outshot Toronto, 30-26, but the Leafs out-attempted the Rangers, 55-50.
Top Game Performances
Toronto   NY Rangers
Dion Phaneuf 2 Points Mats Zuccarello 3
Dion Phaneuf 1 Goals Mats Zuccarello 1
Byron Froese 2 Assists Mats Zuccarello 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jonathan Bernier .867 Save Percentage Antti Raanta .885
Jonathan Bernier 26 Saves Antti Raanta 23
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 26 3 0-3 2-2 4 37
NY Rangers 30 4 0-2 3-3 6 39
Upcoming Games
  • NY Rangers will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Rangers have a W/L % of .857 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .231 after a loss.