Post-game Xtra: Rangers trample Leafs with 4-goal third
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Let’s start with Brad Richards, whose goal that trimmed the Leafs lead to 2-1 in the second period brought the Rangers some confidence en route to a 5-2 wi
“It proves that if you stick with it----sometimes goalies can steal games, at times it looked like that could happen---but there’s nothing else to do but keep firing at him…Not getting down on anything, not getting frustrated, and finally the flood gates opened….That was the best sixty minutes we put together all year.”
Down 2-0 in the first, despite outshooting the Leafs 14-3, with Toronto scoring on two of their shots, the Rangers had to climb out of a ditch.
“First period was definitely a test for me,” said Lundqvist, who finished with 15 saves. “I was like ‘Give me a break’ after they scored the second goal. We were all over them and they still had a 2-0 lead, but that’s hockey. Finally, we just put too much pressure on them.”
With the score tied at 2, Gaborik, who has five goals and three assists in five games, was credited with the game winner.
“It was a good cycle by Nasher (Rick Nash in the left corner) and the whole line. We got the puck back to Staalsy, and we knew they were collapsing. He shot it and I tried to jump in front of the net to screen, and it hit the shaft (of my stick).”
Staal, by the way, wore the Broadway Hat, which is back this season, awarded to the game’s top contributor.
“Marc has struggled early,” said coach John Tortorella. “It’s nice to see him joining the rush. We have had him and Del Zotto play with the top line quite a bit.”
And there’s this from Toronto coach Randy Carlyle, whose club was also outscored 4-1 in the third period against the Islanders on Thursday: “Once the game started to tilt in their favor, we stopped skating. We were doing lots of coasting back in the zone. I thought once we got to the third period we could grind out a decent period, but we just seemed to not have anything from an energy standpoint to establish a forecheck. They just kept coming, they swarmed us.”
And now, assuming he passes a physical, the Blueshirts will add free agent C Jason Arnott today. The 1-year deal for about $1.6 million is contingent on that. Arnott, a 6-5 and 220 pound center, scored 17 goals and 34 points at age 37 for the Blues last season. The 20-year veteran should help in front of the net, and on the power play, which was 0-4 and is 2-for-22 on the season. Arnott had six power play goals last year and averaged 14 minutes on ice per game.
By the Numbers
Nash had a season high eight shots on goal and made an unselfish pass to Gaborik for the empty-netter…Rangers outshot Leafs 17-8 in the third…Four was the most goals in a period this season…Gaborik’s point streak (8) is at three games. He is tied for fifth in the league in points….Richards’ goal and assist gave him six points. Del Zotto played a team-high 26:40…Derek Stepan’s assist gave him 100 career points….Almost two years to the day,. Gaborik had a four-goal game against the Leafs