Maple Leafs fall in OT to Rangers, lose ground in Atlantic
The Toronto Maple Leafs lost ground for second place in the Atlantic Division with a 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.
Frederik Andersen made 26 saves for the Maple Leafs (44-25-6), who trail the Boston Bruins by seven points. The Bruins defeated the Florida Panthers 7-3 on Saturday.
“I thought we did a lot of good things tonight,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. “I didn’t think we got in our own way. Obviously it was a disappointing way to end. I didn’t think we were as good tonight as we had been in the last two games, but we still had lots of opportunities.”
Ryan Strome scored at 1:48 of overtime, and Alexandar Georgiev made 44 saves for the Rangers (29-32-13), who were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-4. New York is 2-6-5 in its past 13 games.
Strome put in a pass from Boo Nieves at the side of the crease.
“We found a way to win,” Strome said. “We have found ways to lose in the last couple weeks, but it was good to get one tonight. That’s a good hockey team over there. We seem to play the good teams in this League real well, but it was fun to get two points and now enjoy the plane ride home. We’ve worked really hard the last two weeks so it’s nice to get rewarded.”
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