Georgiev's 55 Saves Lead Rangers Over Leafs
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, February 10, 2019
New York (4) Toronto (1) Final
Photo credit: @MapleLeafs
NEW YORK — The New York Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. Alexander Georgiev celebrated his 23rd birthday with a 55 save victory and allowed just one goal despite all of Toronto’s offensive firepower.
Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello each tallied two assists to lead the Rangers (24-23-8) to victory. Jimmy Vesey scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 14:05 of the first period.
It was a battle of the backups as Garret Sparks received the nod in goal for Toronto (34-18-3), who were playing their second leg of a back-to-back.
Mika Zibanejad broke the ice 0:28 into the game with his 23rd goal of the season. The tally marked his 11th in the last 10 games and would set the tone for New York early.
The Leafs rallied back from their poor start and dominated possession in the early going. With the momentum clearly on their side, Toronto found an equalizer courtesy of an individual effort by Kasperi Kapanen. The 22-year-old winger flew down the wing and into the opposition’s zone before sniping his 16th goal of the year
Before the end of the frame, Vesey beat Sparks to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
It was a quiet second period, however, Toronto dominated in the shot department 17-9 and 39-23 overall up to this point.
The Rangers added two goals in the third and coasted to victory the rest of the way. Adam McQuaid added an insurance tally to make it 3-2 before Kevin Hayes added an empty net goal to seal the deal.
When it was all said and done, New York walked away with a decisive 4-1 victory after surrendering 56 shots on goal. Georgiev kept his team in the game and came up with several timely saves against Toronto’s power play units, who went 0/4 on their opportunities.
Toronto is back in action on Tuesday and will take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
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