Zuccarello nets winner as Blueshirts down Leafs

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Mats Zuccarello scored twice, including the
winner late in the third as the New York Rangers grabbed a 5-4 win over the
Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

Dominic Moore, Dan Boyle and Kevin Hayes all scored for the Rangers, who had
dropped their previous two coming in. Cam Talbot allowed four goals on 33

Morgan Rielly scored twice while Stephane Robidas and Daniel Winnik also lit
the lamp for the Maple Leafs, who had won against Edmonton on Saturday to snap
a franchise-record 11-game losing streak. James Reimer allowed all five goals
on 39 shots.

Toronto trailed by two goals entering the third, but made it a one-goal game
20 seconds in as Rielly’s heavy wrister from the slot went through a screen
and in.

Just over six minutes later, a turnover at the Toronto blue line saw the puck
go the other way. Winnik picked up the disc and skated down the left wing,
going behind the net before throwing the puck out front where it hit off a
sliding Ryan McDonagh and went in.

The Rangers, though, went back on top with 5:56 to play as Nash sent a
backhand pass from the low left circle to the slot where Zuccarello wristed it
in for his 10th of the season.

The Leafs got Reimer out of the net for an extra attacker with just over a
minute to play, but were unable to get one in.

The Rangers scored 2:57 into the first as Derick Brassard sent a pass from
behind the right side of the net to the front where Boyle one-timed it home.

It was a 2-0 lead for New York at 10:37 of the first after a turnover in the
Toronto end saw Rick Hans pass it from the right side to the front where
Zuccarello had an open net.

Skating on the power play, the Leafs got one back with 4:21 to play in the
first as Rielly wristed the puck over the glove of Talbot from the left

New York took a two-goal lead back 1:42 into the second when Marc Staal rushed
the net down the right side and slid it across for Hayes, who tapped it in for
his eighth of the year.

Toronto needed just 26 seconds to respond as Robidas threw the puck on net
from the left point and it found its way in.

New York, though, scored a shorthanded goal as Moore’s turnaround shot from
the top of the right circle beat Reimer cleanly for his fifth of the season
and a 4-2 lead.

Game Notes

New York plays in Colorado on Thursday … Toronto plays in New York against
the Islanders on Thursday … Nash finished with three assists while Brassard
and Staal each had two … The Maple Leafs went 1-for-2 on the power play,
while the Rangers were 0-for-2.