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FINAL
1 2 3 T
Toronto Maple Leafs TOR 1 2 1 4
30 SHOTS 32
30 FACEOFFS 39
27 HITS 41
15 PIM 13
1/4 PP 1/5
3 GIVEAWAYS 5
5 TAKEAWAYS 5
14 BLOCKED SHOTS 17
       

Blueshirts' comeback falls short as win streak ended

Monday, 12.05.2011 / 10:02 PM

2011-12 Game No. 24; Home Game No. 10 Rangers' Record: 15-6-3
VIDEO: TORTORELLA POSTGAME
• Highlight of Game • Foxwoods Final Five
GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Phil Kessel had two assists to add to his NHL-leading point total, and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped the Rangers' five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Monday.

The Maple Leafs scored twice in less than two minutes to take a 3-0 lead early in the second period, then gave both goals back in another quick burst later in the period.

Jonas Gustavsson made 12 saves in the third to preserve the one-goal margin, repeatedly turning the Blueshirts away on a power play in the final minute before David Steckel scored an empty-net goal with 5 seconds left. Cody Franson, Tim Connolly and Joffrey Lupul also had goals for the Leafs.

The Rangers had won seven straight at home. Their only two regulation losses at Madison Square Garden this season are to Toronto, which also won 4-2 in New York's home opener Oct. 27.

The Rangers made it a one-goal deficit again with two scores in 92 seconds. Artem Anisimov pulled them within 3-1 with 7 minutes left in the period, with assists from Brandon Prust and Michael Del Zotto.

Just over a minute later, the Rangers had a 5-on-3 advantage, and they needed only 20 seconds to score, with Marian Gaborik making it 3-2.

PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers out-hit the Maple Leafs, 41-27, and now rank third in the league with 646 hits on the season.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Anisimov 2. Fedotenko 3. Del Zotto


THE BIGGER PICTURE
There is such a thing as a bad loss, but this wasn't one of them. Down 3-0, the Rangers not only made a game of it, but forced Toronto to play its best defensive game and get outstanding goaltending just to avoid overtime. The team showed lots of heart in this one.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (25:39)
Shots -- Anisimov (7)
Hits -- Del Zotto, Callahan (7)
Blocks -- Del Zotto, McDonagh (3)
Takeaways -- Five players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Richards (29)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. TORONTO
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ruslan Fedotenko Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Sean Avery Brandon Dubinsky Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Michael Sauer
Jeff Woywitka Steve Eminger
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Fedotenko, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Brandon Dubinsky Mitchell/Boyle
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Michael Sauer
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