Rangers Lose as Toronto Scores 3 Goals in the Third Period
After the Maple Leafs chased Henrik Lundqvist in the first period, Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov and Nazem Kadri scored third-period goals on Saturday night as the Maple Leafs held off the Rangers, 8-5.
It was an adventure in defending for both teams at times, with Toronto pulling ahead, 5-1, in the first period before the Rangers scored four straight goals to hush the crowd at Air Canada Centre.
Bozak ended the Maple Leafs’ slide to make it 6-5 at 7:17 of third, redirecting a pass from the corner from Jake Gardiner over the glove of Ondrej Pavelec, the Rangers’ backup goaltender.
Komarov made it 7-5 at 9:52 in the third period after Kevin Hayes took a slashing penalty for the Rangers.
The Rangers (0-2-0) pulled Pavelec with some three minutes remaining only to see Ryan McDonagh take a hooking penalty. Kadri took advantage with a low shot with less than two minutes left.
Zach Hyman scored twice, and Dominic Moore, Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev added goals for Toronto (2-0-0).
J.T. Miller, Kevin Shattenkirk, Mika Zibanejad, Marc Staal and Mats Zuccarello scored for the Rangers. Zuccarello also had three assists.
John Tavares scored twice to lead the host Islanders (1-1-0) to a victory over Buffalo in their home opener on Saturday night.
Casey Cizikas had two goals and an assist, and Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier also scored for the Islanders, who won a night after losing, 5-0, at Columbus. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots.
Hobey Baker Award winner Will Butcher set up three power-play goals to steal the spotlight from No. 1 overall draft pick Nico Hischier, and the new-look Devils (1-0-0) opened the season with a home victory over Colorado (1-1-0).
Adam Henrique, Jimmy Hayes, the rookie Jesper Bratt and John Moore scored as the Devils started eight players who were not with the team last year, when they posted the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Kyle Palmieri added two assists before leaving in the second period with a leg injury. Cory Schneider made 40 saves.