01/19 21:36 CST Reaves, Fox score 2 each as Rangers beat Maple Leafs 6-3
Reaves, Fox score 2 each as Rangers beat Maple Leafs 6-3
By VIN A. CHERWOO
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) --- Ryan Reaves scored twice, Adam Fox had two goals and an
assist, and the New York Rangers scored three times in the third period to beat
the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Wednesday night for their seventh win in nine
Chris Kreider got his 25th goal of the season, Ryan Strome had a goal and an
assist, and Jacob Trouba and Artemi Panarin each added two assists for New
York, which rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits. Igor Shesterkin stopped
35 shots --- including 27 over the final two periods after giving up three
goals in the first.
Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist, and Ilya Mikheyev and Michael Bunting
also scored for the Maple Leafs. Jack Campbell had 21 saves.
Shesterkin stopped William Nylander on a breakaway 2:11 into the third period
to keep the score tied at 3 and draw chants of "I-gor! I-gor!" from the home
Strome put the Rangers ahead with 9:10 remaining. Ryan Lindgren's shot was
deflected by Nylander, but the puck went to Strome on the right side and he put
it in before Campbell could get over in position. It was Strome's ninth of the
Kreider made it 5-3 as he scored from the left side on a rebound of Jacob
Trouba's shot from the right point with 4:27 remaining.
Auston Matthews, who scored in 10 straight road games, nearly extended his
streak and pulled the Maple Leafs back within one with 3:52 remaining when the
puck went off his skate and in, but it was disallowed after officials
determined he had made a distinct kicking motion.
The Maple Leafs pulled Campbell for an extra skater with just under 3 minutes
to go, but Fox had an empty-netter with 2:24 left to seal the win.
With the Rangers trailing 3-1 after 20 minutes, Reaves got the Rangers within
one for the second time with his second of the night at 2:58 of the second. He
got the rebound of K'Andre Miller's shot off the end boards on the right side
and knocked it into the top right corner from a sharp angle for his second
career two-goal game.
New York then tied it with 2:11 remaining in the period. After a turnover by
Toronto at its blue line, Strome sent a pass across the front of the goal to
Fox, who quickly beat Campbell from the right side through the five-hole for
Shesterkin had four saves on John Tavares in the final 21 seconds of the
second, including a deflection that went off the goalie's helmet and over the
top of the goal.
Toronto got off to a fast start, outshooting the Rangers 7-0 over the first six
minutes and 11-7 while taking their 3-1 first-period lead.
After a turnover by the Rangers near their goal line, Mikheyev knocked in the
rebound of a shot by Pierre Engvall for his sixth 2:44 into the game.
Marner made it 2-0 just 46 seconds later with a power-play goal. It was
Marner's eighth of the season and first on the power play in 101 games.
Reaves got the Rangers on the scoreboard with his 50th career goal and first
since being acquired by the Rangers from Vegas in July.
Bunting restored Toronto's two-goal lead nearly 5 minutes later on a fortuitous
deflection on an odd-man rush as Matthews' shot rebounded off Sheskterkin and
then off Bunting's knee and in.
Nylander's assist on Marner's first-period goal was the 300th of his career.
... Reaves had two goals for the first time since April 25, 2013, against
Calgary while playing for St. Louis. ... Rangers F Kaapo Kakko played in his
150th career game. ... Mika Zibanejad had an assist on Fox's second goal,
extending his season-high point streak to six games.
The Rangers honored Teddy Balkind, the Connecticut 10th grader who died after
taking a skate to his neck during a junior varsity game earlier this month. All
Rangers players wore Balkind's No. 5 on the back of their jerseys during
pregame warmups. A moment of silence was held in his honor before the national
anthem, and his St. Luke's teammates were recognized in attendance.
Maple Leafs: At New York Islanders on Saturday night to finish a stretch of six
straight road games.
Rangers: At Carolina on Friday night.
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