New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Bozak scored the game-winner with
3:09 left in overtime, as the Toronto Maple Leafs spoiled Martin St. Louis'
New York Rangers debut with a 3-2 win on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
Bozak, who opened the scoring with a successful penalty shot in the second,
accepted a blind backhand feed from Phil Kessel behind the net and elevated
the disc over Henrik Lundqvist from the doorstep to send the Leafs to their
first victory since the Olympic break.
Nazem Kadri netted Toronto's other goal, while Jonathan Bernier registered 35
saves for the Leafs, who leapfrogged the idle Tampa Bay Lightning for third
place in the Atlantic Division.
Though they were idle on the schedule, the Lightning played a major role in
Wednesday's trade deadline, sending St. Louis, their leading scorer, to New
York in exchange for Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, a first-round draft pick
in 2015 and a conditional second-round choice in 2014.
St. Louis finished with three shots in just over 20 minutes of ice time in his
Broadway debut, while Ryan McDonagh and Dominic Moore each registered a
short-handed goal for New York, which has lost three straight games.
Lundqvist allowed all three goals on 29 shots in defeat.
The Leafs led 2-0 following Kadri's rebound goal two minutes into the third
and had a prime opportunity to extend the margin after New York's Brad
Richards went off for tripping at 5:18.
Despite being down a man, the Rangers found the back of the net twice in a
1:19-span to even the score.
McDonagh was credited with the first marker just 16 seconds into the penalty
kill when his rebound attempt from the left circle ricocheted off a defender's
stick, then deflected off Dion Phaneuf's leg in front before finding its way
across the goal line to make it 2-1.
Just over a minute later, Moore intercepted a pass in the high slot in his own
end and pushed the puck ahead to Derek Stepan to start a 2-on-1 rush. Stepan
carried the disc into the Toronto zone before dishing back to Moore, who
rifled a wrister from the slot that sailed over Bernier's blocker to tie the
tilt at 6:53.
Following a scoreless first frame, Bozak put the Leafs on the board 1:44 into
the second after a slick feed from James van Riemsdyk found Bozak behind the
With no other option, New York's John Moore was forced to take down Bozak,
resulting in a penalty shot that the Toronto forward converted with a wrister
from the slot through Lundqvist's five-hole to make it 1-0 at 1:44.
St. Louis had 29 goals and 32 assists in 62 games for the Lightning this
season after leading the league with 60 points in the shortened 48-game season
in 2013 ... Callahan had 11 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 45 games
with New York this season ... Also Wednesday, the Rangers acquired defenseman
Raphael Diaz from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a future draft choice
... Toronto improved to 12-12-7 on the road this season, while New York
dropped to 15-15-4 at home ... Toronto went 0-for-2 on the power play.
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