A night after a hard earned 4-1 Victory over the Hurricanes in Carolina, the Leafs now travel to Broadway to try and break a tie in the Eastern Conference Playoff standings with a win over the suddenly woken up New York Rangers. (7:30PM ET, TSN)
The Leafs have put together a streak of 2 solid wins, both by the same score of 4-1 (their over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night).
Nik Antropov scored both the Game Winner and insurance marker for Toronto in the 3rd Period, while Andrew Raycroft stopped 28 of 29 shots on the night, including a penalty shot on Eirc Belanger.
Bates Battaglia also tallied against his former team, while Tomas Kaberle scored an empty-netter for the Leafs who are 24-21-6 record after 51 games, but still 1 win out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay).
Related Topic: http://www.hockeyforum.com/toronto-maple-leafs/7673-gameday-51-toronto-maple-leafs-carolina.htmlNik Antropov said:"You can see the last few games, everybody was kind of scoring -- young guys take it on their shoulders, and older guys step up and everybody played equal. Now you have to win all of them (to make the playoffs), so that's what we're trying to do."
Defenceman Ian White returned to the line-up for the Leafs, dropping the number of injured starters on the Leafs down to 2: Winger Darcy Tucker (Foot), and Centerman Kyle Wellwood.
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Andrew Raycroft's solid performance has now given him a 22-16-4 record after 42 games, dropping down his Goals Against Average down to 2.99 and leaving him with a Save Percentage of .896.
Leaf Captain Mats Sundin added in an assist in the win to continue leading the team in points with 44 in as many games (19G, 25A). His 19 Goals are tied for the team lead with Darcy Tucker.
Toronto remains 4th in the Northeast Division, still trailing the Buffalo Sabres (who also won last night) by 18 Points.
The New York Rangers have also won their last 2 games, and are starting to shows signs of life with the team has winning 6 of their last 10 games. Their latest was a 6-1 pounding of the Boston Bruins.
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The Original 6 matchup will be the 3rd of the Season between the Leafs and Rangers, with New York winning the first 5-4 in a shootout in Toronto, and Toronto toppling the Rangers 9-2 in the second meeting between the clubs, also played in Toronto.
Brendan Shanahan, who Captained the Eastern Conference All-Star team in Dallas last week, currently leads the Rangers in Goals with 25 in 50 Games.
Jaromir Jagr leads the team in Points with 61 (19G, 42A), also in 50 games. He is also ranked 6th in National Hockey League in scoring.
And after struggling mightily in the 1st half of the year, Goaltender Henrik Ludqvist has finally seemed to have found his groove, going 2-0 and having a 1.00 Goals Against Average over the last 2 Rangers' games. Lundqvist (21-15-2) has a 2.73 Goals Against Average and a climbing .905 Save Percentage overall (after 39 Games).
In 50 games, the New York Rangers have a 25-21-4 record and are 2nd in the Atlantic Division with 54 points, trailing the Leading New Jersey Devils by 12.