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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).

Nik 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."
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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.
 

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Maple Leafs continue trip against Rangers

Sports Network
1/31/2007 11:05:07 AM


(Sports Network) - After getting their road trip off to a great start on Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to continue their recent winning ways when they visit Madison Square Garden tonight to take on the New York Rangers.

Toronto kicked off its five-game swing with an impressive performance in Raleigh last night. Nik Antropov scored two goals and Andrew Raycroft made 28 saves as the Maple Leafs came through with a 4-1 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bates Battaglia also scored for Toronto, which won for the fourth time in five games, and Tomas Kaberle sealed the victory with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

The Maple Leafs have now posted wins in five of their last six road outings and are a solid 13-9-3 away from home this season.

New York has also played well as of late, having won both of their contests following the All-Star break. The Rangers overmatched the slumping Boston Bruins their last time out, cruising to a 6-1 decision Monday at TD Banknorth Garden.

The line of Petr Prucha, Matt Cullen and Jed Ortmeyer did most of the damage for New York in Monday's triumph. Prucha finished with two goals and an assist, Cullen amassed a goal and two helpers and Ortmeyer dished out a career-best three assists.

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Yeah, like Antropov said the Leafs need the scoring to come from everywhere and for everybody to be at their best in this next stretch of games, especially until Tucker and Wellwood return.

Playing in the second of a B2B will be tough for the Leafs but hey at least they're at home!
 

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The're up 2-1 midway through the 3rd.

It's been a great goaltending battle to watch so far. :thumbsup:

Oh, and Sundin's goal has now given him 12 consecutive 20+ goal seasons, yet another Leaf record for the Big Swede.
 

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2-1 final. A nice grtty win, especilly Ponikarovsky.
Did ward eve smoke him, but he got revenge when the puck went in ff his skate.

Now it's 3 in a row for the Leafs.
 

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Sundin nets winner for Leafs on Broadway

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1/31/2007 10:37:03 PM


NEW YORK (AP) - Mats Sundin's breakaway goal snapped a third-period tie and lifted the surging Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sundin, who also assisted on Alexei Ponikarovsky's tying power-play goal in the second period, hit the 20-goal mark for the 16th straight season - every one spent in the NHL. That was enough to give the Leafs their fifth win in six games, including four on the road.

Brendan Shanahan scored for New York, which had a two-game winning streak broken. The Rangers and Maple Leafs entered tied for ninth in the Eastern Conference, but Toronto - which had a vocal band of supporters in the stands - jumped into a three-way deadlock for seventh.

Andrew Raycroft, in his 13th straight start, made 37 saves as Toronto improved to 2-0 on its five-game trip one night after winning at Carolina. Shanahan nearly tied it with under five minutes left, but Raycroft stopped him at the left post.

New York's hopes of getting even were dashed when Matt Cullen took a holding penalty with 1:25 left.

Sundin made the biggest play of the night, taking a long feed from defenceman Ian White after a blocked shot in the Leafs zone. The Toronto captain came in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, his Olympic gold-medal winning teammate from last year's Turin Games, and snapped a shot into the top right corner at 6:32.

Lundqvist was sharp again in making 26 saves. He allowed nine goals in seven games, but is 3-4 in that span.

He helped keep his team in it when the Maple Leafs had three power-play chances in the first period. Toronto mustered only seven shots overall in the scoreless frame.

It was the Rangers who struck first, converting 12 seconds after Hal Gill was sent off for cross-checking Jason Krog in the Maple Leafs zone.

New York gained control of the puck and Shanahan fired a shot from the right circle. The puck rebounded to defenceman Karel Rachunek, who quickly slid it across to Jaromir Jagr for a drive. Shanahan, stationed in front, deflected the shot in with his left skate - drawing an immediate protest from Raycroft.

The play was reviewed and Shanahan's team-leading 26th goal stood up at 12:07 of the second. It gave him goals in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 1-9 when he connected in three straight.

Rachunek was 24 seconds into a boarding penalty when Ponikarovsky scored his 16th goal while attempting a pass.

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Yes, Raycroft was awesome. Glad to see this team can get it together on the road.

If they can win at least 2 of their last 3 games on the road, they should be within striking position of a playoff spot.
 
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