Mitch Marner scored 19 seconds into time beyond regulation and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday evening in a matchup of Japanese Convention contenders.
Pontus Holmberg and Timothy Liljegren had the targets in regulation for Toronto (30-11-8). Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 pictures.
Filip Chytil scored twice for New York (26-14-8), and Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves.
Marner weaved his well beyond all three Rangers skaters within the 3-on-3 further interval after Toronto gained the faceoff at middle ice. He reduce exhausting throughout the crease and tucked his 18th objective of the season previous an outstretched Shesterkin.
Chytil received New York even 1-all at 2:10 of the second interval on a sneaky faceoff play.
The Rangers’ middle squared off towards David Kampf on an offensive zone draw, however as a substitute of making an attempt to win the puck again to a teammate, he fired it towards a shocked Samsonov with a shot by way of the pads for his 14th objective.
Chytil then gave the Rangers — who beat Toronto 3-1 at Madison Sq. Backyard on Dec. 15 — their first lead at 6:31 when Kaapo Kakko despatched a slick move to his linemate for him to snap dwelling his second of the evening.
New York had a terrific likelihood to go up 3-1 on an influence play early within the third, however Chris Kreider flubbed a certain objective in conjunction with Samsonov’s web.
Toronto began to push because the interval wore on and at last beat Shesterkin, who gained the Vézina Trophy final season because the NHL’s high netminder, when Liljegren scored his fourth with 4:11 left on a damaged play.
John Tavares hit the crossbar with a shot within the waning seconds of regulation for Toronto.
The Maple Leafs jumped out to a 1-0 lead 2:27 into the primary — a bit of the late-arriving crowd had but to take their seats attributable to a winter storm that blanketed Toronto — when Holmberg moved in alone on Shesterkin and backhanded in his fifth of the marketing campaign.
Samsonov, who entered Scotiabank Area at 13-0-1 in 2022-23, made his finest cease of the interval 5 minutes earlier than the intermission with a desperation stick save on Okay’Andre Miller in tight.
Rangers coach Gerard Gallant mentioned Wednesday morning he’s been proud of winger Alexis Lafreniere’s response to being made a wholesome scratch Dec. 29. The primary choose within the 2020 NHL draft had a objective and arrange one other in Monday’s 6-2 victory over Florida after registering simply two assists in his earlier 9 video games.
“He’s a 21-year-old child,” Gallant mentioned. “Generally they want slightly kick within the butt to get going once more. He’s been glorious.”
Rangers winger Will Cuylle made his NHL debut in his hometown. Chosen sixtieth total in 2020, the 20-year-old has 13 targets and 20 factors in 39 AHL video games this season. Cuylle is the primary Toronto native to debut in Toronto for a group aside from the Maple Leafs since Kirk Tomlinson of the Minnesota North Stars on Feb. 24, 1988.
Rangers: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday evening of their ultimate sport earlier than a protracted break for the All-Star Sport.
Maple Leafs: Host the Ottawa Senators on Friday.