Bure's late goal lifts Rangers, keeps Leafs reeling


TORONTO (AP) -- The New York Rangers beat a team that needed a
win as much as they did.

Pavel Bure scored with 57 seconds left to give the Rangers a 4-3
victory over the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

''This was huge,'' said Mikael Samuelsson, who tied it at 3 with
5:44 left. ''It hasn't gone well for both teams. It was good we got
one on the road.''

Mike Richter made 36 saves for the Rangers, who were winless in
their previous five games and won for just the third time in 10
games. New York, coming off a 6-2 loss to Los Angeles on Friday
night, finished their homestand 0-3-1.

''It really seemed crucial for us to get a win,'' said Richter,
who made several impressive saves to keep the game close. ''It's
good to know we can win a game when we need to. They've struggled,
but they came at us hard.''

The Maple Leafs, booed as the final buzzer sounded, have won
just two of their nine games.

''The way we're playing right now, we'll be out of it shortly,''
Toronto's Alexander Mogilny said.

After a Toronto turnover, Bure skated in alone and put the puck
between goalie Ed Belfour's legs. Rookie defenseman Carlo
Colaiacovo turned the puck over.

''Every mistake we make ends up in the net,'' Toronto's Bryan
McCabe said. ''It just keeps coming back to bite us.''

After New York's Petr Nedved tied it at 2 on the power play at
1:56 of the third, Mogilny fired a wrist shot past Richter after a
faceoff, giving Toronto a 3-2 lead at 3:38.

Samuelsson scored off his own rebound, and Bure added his first
goal in four games.

''This was big,'' Bure said. ''We were down, but we won. This
will give us a lot of confidence.''

Mikael Renberg gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 16:53 of the first
after Mats Sundin made a pass to the streaking Mogilny, who kicked
the puck to his stick and made a centering pass to Renberg.

Toronto defenseman Karel Pilar tried to clear the puck from in
front of his own net, but he shot it right to New York's Mark
Messier, who scored an unassisted goal at 1:50 of the second.

Tie Domi redirected Robert Svehla's pass in traffic, giving
Toronto a 2-1 lead at 13:07 of the second.

Game notes
Toronto outshot New York 22-12 in the second period, and
had a 39-36 overall advantage. ... New York's Bobby Holik left in
the second period because of a hip flexor injury. He's day-to-day.