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Maple Leafs beat Rangers 8-5 in wild home opener

09 Octobre 2017

Chytil played just 4:59 during Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Two games into the new season and the Toronto Maple Leafs have scored 15 goals with only seven goals against.

Lundqvist wasn't the only one on his team at fault at Air Canada Centre, with his Rangers continuously turning over the puck, most notably when the Leafs had their forecheck working behind his net.

Toronto won its opener 7-2 on Wednesday night in Winnipeg, also running off starting goalie Steve Mason.

"I just went in and told them what we needed to do to win the game", Babcock said. "I did the same with Fehr".

New York's defenders wore out the heel of their blades, and the King looked like a pawn.

"We know what we have to do to be successful but I don't think we're doing that right now", Zuccarello said. We have to try not to play a run-and-gun game with them because that feeds right into their emotions and into their system. Borgman, Rosen and Martin Marincin, who was loaned to the AHL Marlies on Friday, are competing for the role of sixth defenceman.

Alexander Ovechkin opened the season with back-to-back hat tricks for a total of seven of the 11 goals his Washington Capitals have scored.

Lundqvist made some highlight-reel saves to keep the game from getting even further out of hand than the 5-2 Leafs edge on the scoreboard at intermission.

The Rangers rallied from a 5-1 first-period deficit to tie it at 5 after Henrik Lundqvist was chased. "Their (defense) jumped in nearly every time to make it a 3-on-2 or 4-on-3. We created a lot". "I thought we did some good things offensively", Kane said.

"When you're up 5-1 it's hard to play the right way", said Tyler Bozak.

"We had a little bit of that experience from a year ago, being up in a game and letting it get away a little bit". The Maple Leafs are 6-13 in their last 19 vs. Corey Crawford has given up two goals on 62 shots faced. "Not only in games but in practice. The only way to get better as a team is to play games". "You want to be part of that and you can feed off that for sure". He is not expected to be ready to play until Thursday. The last time anyone did that was 100 years ago in 1917-18, the NHL's first season. They were dominant 5v5, but they took too many penalties (two PP goals against, and one delayed-penalty goal) and nearly lost a game that, at one point, they had roughly a 99% chance of winning. "We're going to have to crack down defensively". "But it was a first game for a young man".

"Hockey's exciting about hockey, so I don't need anything to get me more fired up about it", he said in typical Babcock-ese.

The Leafs regained the lead at 5:34 when Hyman took advantage of a Rangers giveaway. Toronto added to its goaltending depth Friday, obtaining Calvin Pickard from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward Tobias Lindberg and a sixth-round selection in the 2018 National Hockey League draft. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 7.5 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities.

At this rate, Golden Knights fans won't let him fold and leave the table.

Maple Leafs beat Rangers 8-5 in wild home opener