Rangers lose 4-2 to Toronto; Kreider and Miller score

Chris Vallely

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

After the New York Rangers league mandated bye week, their first game back didn’t go as planned. Toronto defeated New York 4-2.

Toronto came out ready to play. Rookie William Nylander opened up the scoring less than five minutes into the game. The Rangers were unable to get the puck out of their zone, and were scrambling, which caused Nylander to slide the puck in between Henrik Lundqvist’s legs.  Both teams went back and forth after that, traded scoring chances, but neither were able to capitalize. As usual, Lundqvist made some tough saves following some defensive breakdowns. Late in the first period, Brandon Pirri took a penalty on a Rangers PP, after he was forced to backcheck. In order to deny a 2 on 1 shorthanded chance for Toronto, Pirri hooked the opposing player. The Maple Leafs would then score on the PP to take a 2-0 lead. Mitch Marner made a great cross-crease pass, and James Van Riemsdyk was able to put it five hole on Lundqvist. The young, Toronto team went into the locker room with a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

In the second period, both teams had power play opportunities, but they were both able to kill them off. New York got on the scoreboard to cut the lead to one. Chris Kreider battled down low and was able to get the puck past Frederik Andersen. Kevin Hayes won an offensive zone faceoff, which created a chance on a set play. Ryan McDonagh threw a shot on net, and Chris Kreider whacked at and got it over the glove of Andersen. Kreider showed strength on the play; despite being taken down, he still stayed with it and battled. A couple of minutes later, Toronto regained their two goal advantage on a goal by Connor Brown. Defenseman, Jake Gardiner, prevented a Rangers dump-in and made an outlet pass to Auston Matthews. Matthews dropped it to Brown, who fired it on net. The puck deflected off of Ryan McDonagh out in front, which then beat Henrik Lundqvist between the legs. The visiting team held a two goal advantage after forty minutes of play.

New York started the third period with a man advantage, but like the rest of the night,  they weren’t able to score. Toronto seemed to go into a defensive shell to start the third period, and the Rangers applied a lot of pressure. Kevin Hayes, JT Miller, & Jesper Fast had a notable offensive cycle, but were unable to get one on the board. Kevin Klein took a crucial slashing penalty, which resulted in another power play goal for the Leafs. Tyler Bozak won the faceoff clean back to the point. Marner worked the puck along the half wall, and he was able to find Bozak wide open in the slot. Lundqvist made the initial save, but Connor Carrick was there to bang home the rebound. JT Miller responded quickly for the Rangers with a power play goal, yet it was just a little too late. New York could never catch up to the early deficit.

Rangers will look to bounce back tomorrow night, when they face the Canadiens in Montreal.

Posted on January 14, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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