TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner scored 19 seconds into extra time and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night time in a matchup of Jap Convention contenders.
Pontus Holmberg and Timothy Liljegren had the objectives in regulation for Toronto (30-11-8). Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 photographs.
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 additional interval after Toronto received the faceoff at middle ice. He lower laborious throughout the crease and tucked his 18th aim of the season previous an outstretched Shesterkin.
Chytil bought 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 attempting to win the puck again to a teammate, he fired it towards a shocked Samsonov with a shot via the pads for his 14th aim.
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 go to his linemate for him to snap residence his second of the night time.
New York had a terrific probability to go up 3-1 on an influence play early within the third, however Chris Kreider flubbed a certain aim together with Samsonov’s internet.
Toronto began to push because the interval wore on and eventually beat Shesterkin, who received 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 on account of 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 Enviornment 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 Ok’Andre Miller in tight.
GALLANT BACKS LAFFY
Rangers coach Gerard Gallant mentioned Wednesday morning he’s been pleased with winger Alexis Lafreniere’s response to being made a wholesome scratch Dec. 29. The primary choose within the 2020 NHL draft had a aim 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. “Typically they want somewhat kick within the butt to get going once more. He’s been wonderful.”
Rangers winger Will Cuylle made his NHL debut in his hometown. Chosen sixtieth total in 2020, the 20-year-old has 13 objectives and 20 factors in 39 AHL video games this season. Cuylle is the primary Toronto native to debut in Toronto for a crew apart from the Maple Leafs since Kirk Tomlinson of the Minnesota North Stars on Feb. 24, 1988.
Rangers: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night time of their ultimate sport earlier than an extended break for the All-Star Recreation.
Maple Leafs: Host the Ottawa Senators on Friday.