Rangers edge Maple Leafs in shootout

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored while netminder Cameron Talbot made a key save in the shootout as the New York Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Zuccarello scored in the first round and Stepan added another in the second round of the tiebreaker for the Rangers.

Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul extended the game by beating Talbot, but after Rick Nash shot wide in the third round, Talbot ended the game by stopping Nazem Kadri’s wrister.

Talbot stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Rangers (18-18-2), who closed out their franchise record nine-game homestand with a 3-4-2 record.

Jonathan Bernier recorded 42 saves through 65 minutes while Kadri scored for the Maple Leafs, who slipped to 18-16-5.

J.T. Miller opened scoring 7:04 into the third period. Chris Kreider set up the game’s first goal by using his body to maintain puck possession behind the Toronto net before finding Miller, who beat Bernier to the blocker side for his second goal of the season.

Toronto was outplayed for most of the night but forced overtime when Kadri poked a loose puck into the net.

David Clarkson took the puck hard to the net and whacked away while it was wedged in Talbot’s left pad. The play was never called dead, and Kadri poked the puck into the net to tie the game. A video review confirmed the goal, Kadri’s 11th of the season.

The goal came 10 seconds after the Kreider took a delay of game penalty for clearing the puck out of play with 3:34 remaining.

Both teams went 0-for-4 in power-play opportunities. The Rangers also failed to capitalize on 14 seconds of 5-on-3 play at the end of the period following a boarding call on Lupul and a bench minor for too many men.

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