Rangers, Behind 55 Saves From Alexandar Georgiev, Beat Maple Leafs
Alexandar Georgiev had a career-high 55 saves on his 23rd birthday to steer the Rangers previous the Toronto Maple Leafs, Four-1, on Sunday evening at Madison Square Garden.
Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey and Adam McQuaid scored for the Rangers. Kevin Hayes added an empty-netter, and Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider every had two assists.
Kasperi Kapanen scored for the Maple Leafs, who had gained 4 in a row. Toronto had a season-high 56 photographs, together with 23 on 4 unsuccessful energy performs. Georgiev is the 7th goalie in Rangers historical past to make 50 or extra saves in a recreation. Henrik Lundqvist did it remaining yr.
“It was a special birthday,” Georgiev stated. “I tried not to concentrate on the birthday wishes. I knew I had an important game in front of me.”
The Rangers, close out through Carolina on Friday, were given off to a quick get started in opposition to the Leafs. Kreider despatched a go from in the back of the web to Zuccarello, who used to be by myself in entrance. Toronto goalie Garret Sparks stopped Zuccarello two times, however the unfastened puck went to Zibanejad, who scored his 23rd of the season simply 28 seconds into the sport.
Georgiev used to be sharp in making a number of stellar saves at the Maple Leafs’ energy play a few mins later.
“Sometimes, you need a performance like this, and he came up big for us, gave us a chance,” Zibanejad stated of Georgiev.
Toronto stored up the force and tied the rating at 10 mins 35 seconds of the primary duration. A go through Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo used to be intercepted through Kapanen, who skated in on a breakaway and scored his 16th of the season.
Despite being badly outshot, the Rangers took a 2-1 lead lower than 4 mins later after killing off every other penalty. Vesey, taking a cross-ice go from Kreider, scored on a wrist shot for his 12th function. McQuaid scored at 11:59 of the 3rd duration.
ISLANDERS 2, WILD 1 Devon Toews scored the tiebreaking function early in the second one duration, Thomas Greiss stopped 26 photographs and the Islanders beat Minnesota at Barclays Center.
Anthony Beauvillier additionally scored for the Islanders, the Metropolitan Division leaders, gained for the fourth time in 5 video games and 9th in 12 (Nine-1-2) to extend their result in 5 issues over second-place Washington. The Islanders, who beat Colorado, Four-Three, in time beyond regulation Saturday, progressed to 15-2-1 in back-to-back video games, together with Nine-Zero-Zero at the again finish.
“You have to have a winning commitment,” Islanders Coach Barry Trotz stated. “The whole group has been all-in all year.”
Mikael Granlund scored for the Wild, who misplaced for the 5th time in six video games (1-Three-2). Devan Dubnyk, beginning for the second one immediately recreation after dealing with simply 18 photographs in a Four-2 win on the Devils on Saturday, had 32 saves.
Minnesota pressed for the tying function within the 3rd, outshooting the Islanders through 12-Nine within the duration after totaling 15 photographs over the primary 40 mins. Greiss had 4 saves in shut on one Wild energy play in the midst of the duration, preventing a tip through Eric Staal, a shot through Jason Zucker and two extra tries through Staal.
DEVILS Three, HURRICANES 2 Marcus Johansson scored two times and a battered Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves to steer the Devils previous Carolina at Prudential Center.
Nico Hischier arrange all 3 targets to lend a hand the Devils snap the Hurricanes’ three-game successful streak and hand them their 5th loss (13-Five-1) in 19 video games. Pavel Zacha additionally scored for the Devils.
“It’s never going to be easy but definitely a huge game for me,” stated Kinkaid, who had misplaced six of his remaining seven choices.
Dougie Hamilton and Teuvo Teravainen scored for Carolina. The Hurricanes, who’ve neglected the playoffs the remaining 9 seasons, would have moved into the second one wild-card spot forward of idle Pittsburgh with a win.
This used to be a tricky recreation for Kinkaid in additional techniques than preventing photographs. In the second one duration, he took a stick within the face from Jordan Martinook and used to be later greatly surprised through Justin Williams. Kinkaid used to be knocked all over again within the 3rd when Nino Niederreiter interfered with Damon Severson, negating a tying function.
DUCKS FIRE COACH The Anaheim Ducks fired Coach Randy Carlyle amid a seven-game dropping streak and free-fall into remaining position within the Western Conference.
The Ducks introduced that General Manager Bob Murray will be the trainer for the rest of the season.
“Difficult decisions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been unacceptable,” Murray stated in a observation.
Carlyle, 62, the winningest trainer in Ducks historical past, used to be in his moment stint with Anaheim. He led the group to the Stanley Cup in 2007 and 3 appearances within the convention finals (2006, 2007, 2017).
Anaheim has made the playoffs six immediately seasons however gained simply two of its remaining 21 video games. The Ducks had been moment within the Pacific Division on Dec. 18 after successful 11 of 13, however they’ve long gone 2-15-Four since, together with a 12-game skid remaining month.