Avery, Girardi help Rangers pound Leafs

BY foxsports • October 13, 2009

A year ago, the New York Rangers might not have held on to the scant one-goal lead they carried into the third period.

After a strong start that produced a two-goal edge, the Rangers let the Toronto Maple Leafs hang around and get close Monday night. A stern message from coach John Tortorella and a reliance on their newly honed conditioning produced a dominating final 20 minutes and a 7-2 victory.

"We had a great start to the second period, but then it was like we stopped playing," forward Vinny Prospal said. "After two periods, Torts came in and he wasn't really happy. We responded the right way, took the play back to them, scored the fourth goal right away. It was a lot easier after that."

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