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Leafs hand Rangers back-to-back losses

TORONTO (AP) -- Bobby Holik didn't appreciate the way the New York Rangers played defense in consecutive losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"There are players that let the team down in front of our own
net," Holik said.

Owen Nolan scored the go-ahead goal and Joe Nieuwendyk had a
goal and two assists to lead the Maple Leafs to their sixth
straight victory, 5-4 over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

"We just let them skate right in and do what they needed to do.
You're not going to win games like that," Holik said.

Mats Sundin, Matt Stajan and Mikael Renberg also scored for the
Maple Leafs, who beat the Rangers 4-2 in New York on Sunday.

Nolan scored for the fourth time in six games by skating from
behind the net and putting a wraparound shot past goalie Mike
Dunham. That gave Toronto a 4-3 lead with 10 seconds left in the
second period.

Sundin made it 5-3 with 6:56 left in the third by putting a
backhander past Dunham.

"Nine goals we've allowed to Toronto, half a dozen have been
within five feet of the crease," said Holik, who refused to blame
officiating.

"That's a great excuse for some people, but you don't allow
nine goals in two games and blame it on the referees. You want to
win games, you have to play better in your own end. That's just the
truth, sometimes it hurts, but that's the way I look at it."

New York's Anson Carter scored 32 seconds after Sundin's goal,
but he missed an open net with less than a minute left.

Both teams were agitated in the second game of the back-to-back
set.

Toronto enforcer Tie Domi rocked Matthew Barnaby in a fight in
the first, and Rangers captain Mark Messier received a misconduct
for trying to intercede. Domi also sent Barnaby to the ice in the
second.

"I didn't like how the first one went, so I wanted redemption,
but that one didn't go the way I wanted either," Barnaby said.

Two other fights broke out just after Domi and Barnaby fought.

Messier was lost for the game after he bumped legs with an
official during the second period and sustained a charley horse. It
will be a gametime decision whether he plays Thursday at the New
York Islanders.

Domi, with an official hanging onto him, pulled down Chris Simon
as Simon and Bryan Marchment fought.

Simon received a fighting penalty, a penalty for instigating, a
misconduct and a game misconduct. Greg de Vries and Darcy Tucker,
who fought each other, also received game misconducts.

"We have a lot of guys that are not going to back down,"
Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. "We stayed together. They have a
lot of big guys out there, but so do we. I thought we matched their
intensity and their will to win. It wasn't pretty but we found a
way to win."

"It was fun," Nolan said.

Brian Leetch, Chris Simon and Bobby Holik scored first-period
goals for the Rangers, who had a four-game unbeaten streak before
playing the Maple Leafs.

The first period featured six goals.

Stajan scored off his own rebound at 1:17 of the first, but
Leetch tied it on the power-play at 5:08. Just 15 seconds later,
Renberg scored on a one-timer after Nieuwendyk made a pass from
behind the net.

Nieuwendyk gave Toronto a 3-1 lead by putting a rebound past
goalie Jussi Markkanen at 14:47, but Simon streaked toward the net
and converted Jamie Lundmark's pass less than two minutes later.

Holik tied it after a Toronto turnover at 18:47 of the first.

New York coach Glen Sather replaced Markkanen with Dunham after
Simon's goal cut Toronto's lead to 3-2. Markkanen allowed three
goals on 15 shots.

Game Notes: Carter returned after missing two games with bruised right
wrist. He has five goals. ... Maple Leafs LW Gary Roberts is
expected to miss at least a week with a strained muscle in his
lower body. ... Toronto beat New York 4-2 on Sunday. ... The Maple
Leafs' started their winning streak after a five-game winless
streak. ... Rangers RW Alex Kovalev had his eight-game point streak
snapped.