Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Leafs 2

January, 26, 2013
1/26/13
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What it means: With a four-goal third period, the Rangers rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to knock off the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2, and earn their second win of the season Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. The team's front-loaded first line bounced back to combine for three of the team's five goals, including Marian Gaborik's game-deciding goal with 7:03 left in the third. Gaborik finished with a four-point game -- two goals and two assists -- while defenseman Marc Staal chipped in with a goal and an assist for his first multipoint game of the season. Outshot 42-17, the Leafs suffered their second straight loss as the result of a blown two-goal lead.

Fighting back: After the Rangers surrendered two goals on three shots in the first period, the club answered back beginning in the second. Alternate captain Brad Richards tallied his second goal of the season, backhanding the puck past netminder James Reimer to cut the lead in half, 2-1, at 5:43. A nice little passing play down low allowed Staal to tie it up in the next frame, knotting the game at two at 7:36 of the third period. Staal's equalizer was the first goal by a Rangers defenseman this season.

Power-play problems: The Rangers' power-play woes continued Saturday night as the team failed to convert on four opportunities throughout the game. They are now 2-for-22 through five games with the man-advantage.

Costly miscue: A breakdown in the Rangers defensive zone ended up in the back of their net as Mikhail Grabovski stick-handled the puck to put it past Henrik Lundqvist for a 1-0 Leafs' lead at 6:25 in the first. Carl Hagelin lost the puck at the blue line, while defenseman Ryan McDonagh failed to clear the zone. Two Rangers then went down to block John-Michael Liles' shot, leaving Grabovski all alone in front.

Fight night: In his first game back since missing two with a mild groin strain, tough guy Arron Asham dropped the gloves against Toronto’s Mike Brown at 3:59 into the first. Two seconds later, Mike Rupp went toe-to-toe with former Ranger Colton Orr in the night’s heavyweight bout.

Help on the way: The Rangers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran center Jason Arnott, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com. The deal, which will not be finalized until Arnott completes a physical on Sunday, will be worth $1.6 million, pro-rated for the shortened season. The 38-year-old Arnott, an 18-year NHL veteran, last played for the St. Louis Blues; he finished with 17 goals and 17 assists in 72 games last season.

Lineup changes: Chris Kreider is out with a bone chip in his ankle, an injury that coach John Tortorella said is "not serious." The 21-year-old winger also missed Thursday's game against the Flyers as a healthy scratch. With Kreider out, winger Benn Ferriero made his Rangers debut. Ferriero was acquired by the Rangers earlier this week in a trade with Pittsburgh in exchange for (AHL) Connecticut Whale forward Chad Kolarik.

Up Next: Rangers vs. Flyers, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Katie Strang covers the Rangers, Islanders and Devils for ESPNNewYork.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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