Rangers lose game and suffer key injuries in 4-3 overtime decision to Toronto
New York, NY- The New York Rangers (1-1-1) came roaring back but could not defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-0) falling 4-3 in overtime on Friday night in the team’s home opener at Madison Square Garden. Not only did the Blueshirts lose the game but they also lost right winger Marian Gaborik and team captain Chris Drury to injury.
New York who had a solid first period taking an early 1-0 lead as Michal Rozsival connected from Sean Avery and Ruslan Fedotenko at the 7:58 mark. It was a sluggish second period that cost the Blueshirts as Toronto struck for three goals from Clarke MacArthur, Mike Komisarek and Phil Kessel.
The Rangers though made a roaring comeback in the third period as Brian Boyle scored his first two goals in the season to get New York tied at 3-3. New York fans had a lot to be thankful for because the antics of one Sean Avery did not cost New York the game. It was in that frame that not only Avery but Ruslan Fedotenko both went into the sin bin for rouging, which caused the Blueshirts to go shorthanded for a spell.
That penalty did not cost the team any goals but it did seem to reenergize Avery as he came out of the penalty box a man on a mission setting up the game-tying goal at the 6:19 mark sending the two teams into overtime.
Toronto would not stay tied for long as Phil Kessel scored the second goal in the game on a power play goal set up by Tyler Bozak and Tomas Kaberle to lead the Maple Leafs to a perfect record in this young NHL season. That power play goal by Toronto was thanks to an interference call by Marc Staal, who did not know that the puck had been passed.
In what was a cause of concern for Rangers fans is the loss of Marian Gaborik who left in the second period after a hit which earned a penalty for Toronto’s Colby Armstrong. Shortly after captain Chris Drury joined him in the locker room-there has been no update on the condition of either players.
For the Maple Leafs who had the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season, are 4-0 for the first time since they won 10 straight to start the 1993-94 season. Also good news was the play of keeper Jean-Sebastien Giguere who had 21 saves. For the Rangers keeper Henrik Lundqvist who had 34 saves including some spectacular ones in the third period, could not stop Kessel in the overtime frame.