Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Game Number 39) Live Thread


The Toronto Maple Leafs are in New York City for a pre-Christmas Eve tilt against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It’s a busy night in the NHL with 14 games on the schedule, before the entire league takes a break until Friday.

Jonathan Bernier earned himself another start after he played well in relief of James Reimer on Saturday. The Leafs battled back from a 3-1 deficit after the first period to take a 4-3 lead, but eventually fell in the shootout. Bernier will get the opportunity tonight to wrestle the starter’s job away from Reimer…for now, anyway.

Henrik Lundqvist, a perennial Vezina Trophy favourite, will get the start for the Rangers. Lundqvist has struggled this year with only a .905 save percentage in 28 games. His struggles have been a microcosm of the whole team, who have lost seven of their last 10 games but still sit tied for fourth in the division and only one point behind the New Jersey Devils for third.

The Rangers have scored the fourth-fewest goals in the league with 86, which is surprising given the number of skilled offensive players on their team. Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard are capable of lighting the lamp, and the Leafs defense will have to be on their game to prevent too many chances.

Colton Orr and Paul Ranger will likely slot back into the Leafs’ lineup, while Troy Bodie and John-Michael Liles will sit. Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal are both out for the Rangers. For the full lineup, where to watch, where to listen and other game news and notes, check out the preview.

Comment below during the game to take part in the live thread. Follow along with the tweeters here:

GO LEAFS GO! And Merry Christmas!

Tags: Brad Richards Colton Orr Henrik Lundqvist Jonathan Bernier Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Tim Bayer

    My mistake. Talbot is starting, not Lundqvist.

  • Tim Bayer

    Surprising, since he played last night.

  • Tim Bayer

    Just noticed there’s a panther or some other cat-like animal on the front of Bernier’s mask.

  • Tim Bayer

    Bad giveaway by Moore at the blue-line led to the Raymond breakaway and ensuing hooking penalty.

  • Tim Bayer

    MSG crowd booing. What penalty would they even call on Gardiner there? Just a great defensive play to get his stick on the puck.

  • Tim Bayer

    Another breakaway by Raymond. Great pass to spring him by Holland.

  • Tim Bayer

    Fun first period. Plenty of chances for both teams. Shots were 10-9 in favour of the Leafs.

  • Tim Bayer

    Shopt attempts were 11-8 in favour of the Rangers.

  • Tim Bayer

    (Shot attempts is in 5-on-5 situations only.)

  • Tim Bayer

    The top line was especially dominant in the first. The Leafs had 80 per cent of the 5-on-5 shot attempts with Kessel and JvR on the ice (4 for, 1 against), 71.4 per cent with Kadri on (5 for, 2 against). Obviously it’s a very small sample size.

  • Tim Bayer

    Second period has started.

  • Tim Bayer

    McDonagh rings one off the post from the point.

  • Tim Bayer

    Bernier looks like he just faced a firing squad. Tons of shots for the Rangers in about a two-minute stretch.

  • Tim Bayer

    Holland gets the only penalty after a scrum after the whistle.

  • Tim Bayer

    Kreider JUST missed.

  • Tim Bayer

    Leafs only have three shots this period. About 5:40 left.

  • Tim Bayer

    Ranger’s stick breaks in half on a pass attempt, leads to turnover in own end, Orr has to take holding penalty to prevent chance.

  • Tim Bayer

    Good call on Nash. Ran over Bernier in his crease, didn’t make any effort to get out of the way.

  • Tim Bayer

    Kessel with basically the only chance of the period for the Leafs on the PP. Snap shot from left high slot, gloved by Talbot.

  • Tim Bayer

    Lupul boarding penalty. Parade to the penalty box continues.

  • Tim Bayer

    Another save by Bernier off a rebound. Keeping the Leafs in this for sure.

  • Tim Bayer

    ANOTHER penalty for the Leafs. Too many men on the ice.

  • Tim Bayer

    Rangers with 22 shots that period. Leafs had 5.

  • Tim Bayer

    5-on-5 shot attempts are now 34-18 in favour of the Rangers.

  • Tim Bayer

    Third period begins.

  • Tim Bayer

    That literally hit the post and rolled right across the goal-line. Didn’t go in.

  • Tim Bayer

    Smart play by Talbot not to make any sudden leg movements. Would’ve knocked the puck in.

  • Tim Bayer

    Leafs have a lot more jump this period.

  • Tim Bayer

    Rangers score. Rangers score. Rangers score. Rangers…score.

  • Tim Bayer

    Kreider feeds Miller in the slot, one-times it past Bernier. Nobody bothered to cover him.

  • Tim Bayer

    Everybody’s puck-watching. Raymond needs to cover him as he enters the zone.

  • Tim Bayer

    Eighth penalty of the game. Zuccarello going off for delay of game (shooting puck over the glass).

  • Tim Bayer

    KADRI SCORES

  • Tim Bayer

    Puck clearly goes over the line. Play is under review, but looks like they can’t overturn it.

  • Tim Bayer

    Goal stands. 1-1!

  • Tim Bayer

    Going to overtime.

  • Tim Bayer

    Wow. Great defensive play by McDonagh.

  • Tim Bayer

    Del Zotto ripped that slapper. Another save by Bernier. His 40th of the night.

  • Tim Bayer

    Another one of them shootout things.

  • Tim Bayer

    Zuccarello scored. Delayed, then snapped a shot over Bernier’s glove, off the post and in.

  • Tim Bayer

    JvR hits the post too. But doesn’t go in.

  • Tim Bayer

    Stepan rips a wrister past Bernier.

  • Tim Bayer

    Lupul scored. Wrister off crossbar and in.

  • Tim Bayer

    Rick Nash misses the backhand attempt.

  • Tim Bayer

    Kadri tries to sneak one through Talbot’s five-hole, doesn’t go it. Leafs lose 2-1.

  • Pingback: Henrik Lundqvist not surprised Cam Talbot gets back-to-back starts – Newsday - Sexxy Sports Network