Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Leafs hold off Rangers

NEW YORK—Martin St. Louis’ day started way better than it finished.
The former Tampa Bay Lightning star got his wish when he was dealt to the N.Y. Rangers on NHL trade deadline day.

He then got into the lineup with his new team right away, but wasn’t able to celebrate his first home win on Broadway.
Tyler Bozak scored on a penalty shot, then got the winning goal 1:51 into overtime, to lift Toronto to a 3-2 victory over the Rangers last night after the Maple Leafs squandered a two-goal lead in the third period.
“Tonight was a gutsy comeback,” St. Louis said.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get the extra point, but I was happy to come here and just break the ice,” he added.
Bozak got to a loose puck in front that bounced past Rangers’ defencemen Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh and slammed a shot past Henrik Lundqvist to snap the Leafs’ three-game losing streak (0-1-2) and stretch New York’s skid to three (0-2-1).
Lundqvist slammed his stick on the glass as he left the ice and still was aggravated when he got to the dressing room.
“Every point is important right now. It’s annoying the way it ends,” he stressed.
“We played really well and worked ourselves back into this game,” Lundqvist added.
“It’s a big frustration right now to not come out of it with two points.”
Toronto built a 2-0 lead on Bozak’s second-period goal and Nazem Kadri’s tally in the third.
But the Rangers tied it on short-handed goals by McDonagh and Dominic Moore 1:19 apart.
“That was tough,” Bozak said of the Rangers’ rally. “Just have to play well on the power play.
“We played well for the most part,” he noted. “Made better decisions, just got lackadaisical for a bit.”
Lundqvist bounced back from two-straight losses, in which he gave up 10 goals, and finished with 26 saves.
Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier had dropped two-straight after regulation—allowing nine goals in the process—before sitting out Monday’s loss against Columbus.
He stopped 35 shots.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Montreal edged Anaheim 5-4 (SO), Calgary beat Ottawa 4-1, and Philadelphia topped Washington 6-4.

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