Talbot wins again, leads Rangers over Maple Leafs
The New York Rangers escaped with two points they believed they
deserved even though they gave up a goal they felt the Toronto
Maple Leafs didn’t earn.
Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and
backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the
Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Maple Leafs 2-1
The game was forced into overtime because of Nazem Kadri’s goal
with 1:24 left in regulation – one the Rangers thought shouldn’t
After a wraparound attempt, David Clarkson took two whacks at
the puck at the right post, and Talbot appeared to cover it, but
Kadri came in and poked it in under Talbot’s pad.
The NHL reviewed it in Toronto and said the goal should
”In my opinion, that was the wrong call,” Rangers coach Alain
Vigneault said. ”The referee told Brad (Richards) on the ice that
if they didn’t score on the wraparound, then it wasn’t a goal. They
didn’t score on the wraparound.
”The puck was underneath Cam’s pad. How (the reviewers) saw it
differently, I’m not quite sure. You’ve just got to play through
those things, and that’s what we did.”
The Rangers held off the Maple Leafs in a spirited overtime that
produced several scoring chances and then outlasted them in the
Zuccarello and Stepan scored in the first two rounds, and Talbot
stopped Kadri in the third to end it. Joffrey Lupul was the only
Toronto player to score in the tiebreaker.
Talbot was relieved the Rangers pulled out the victory.
”I would have been pretty devastated, especially with the game
we played,” he said. ”We deserved to win the game, and to get a
goal like that against us could have really hurt us, but we kind of
let it go, pushed forward and got the eventual game-winner.”
Jonathan Bernier was exceptional for Toronto, making 42 saves
through overtime and allowing only J.T. Miller’s goal 7:04 into the
third period. The Maple Leafs played their third straight shootout
and lost for the second consecutive time. They are 2-5-2 in their
”We played a very solid road game,” Toronto captain Dion
Phaneuf said. ”It was very good to get a point.”
Talbot, starting over slumping No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist
for the second straight game, bounced back from the late goal and
improved to 8-2 in his first NHL season. He made 24 saves Sunday in
a 4-1 win over Minnesota and helped New York finish its
team-record, nine-game homestand 3-4-2.
He nearly earned his third shutout in 12 career NHL games, all
The Rangers next play on Friday at Washington. Who will start in
goal then for New York remains to be seen.
”It is safe to say that we’re leaving for the holidays on a
much happier note,” Vigneault said. ”It’s going to be a pleasant
”My parents are 81 and 79. I haven’t been home for Christmas
with my girls for eight years, so I am looking forward to
Miller, recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Thursday, scored his
second of the season when he came off the bench, streaked down the
slot, and took a crisp pass from Chris Kreider from behind the
Toronto nearly grabbed the lead just over four minutes into the
third when Nikolai Kulemin was stopped in front and then had
another drive hit the right post, slide along the goal line, and
stay out. The no-goal call was confirmed by video review.
Bernier kept the Maple Leafs in it, especially during the second
period when the Rangers had a 22-5 edge in shots. New York was
dominant again in the middle frame one night after a 17-5 advantage
against Minnesota when the Rangers scored twice.
”I don’t think we played our best game, but we hung in there,”
Bernier said. ”We stole a point probably.”
Bernier got the starting nod from coach Randy Carlyle two nights
after he replaced James Reimer, who was pulled against Detroit
after giving up three goals on 12 shots in the first period.
Bernier made 25 saves in relief, but Toronto was beaten in a
”Our goaltender stood on his head. That’s all you can ask in a
game like this one,” Carlyle said.
NOTES: Talbot made back-to-back starts two other times this
season but not on consecutive days. … Rangers D Marc Staal took a
hard skate Monday morning, while recovering from a concussion, and
could be nearing a return. Staal missed his eighth game since he
was struck in the head by the arm of New Jersey’s Reid Boucher on
Dec. 7. … Reimer had started three straight games for the first
time this season before Monday.