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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.

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

  1. Tim Bayer says:

    My mistake. Talbot is starting, not Lundqvist.

  2. Tim Bayer says:

    Surprising, since he played last night.

  3. Tim Bayer says:

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

  4. Tim Bayer says:

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

  5. Tim Bayer says:

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

  6. Tim Bayer says:

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

  7. Tim Bayer says:

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

  8. Tim Bayer says:

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

  9. Tim Bayer says:

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

  10. Tim Bayer says:

    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.

  11. Tim Bayer says:

    Second period has started.

  12. Tim Bayer says:

    McDonagh rings one off the post from the point.

  13. Tim Bayer says:

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

  14. Tim Bayer says:

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

  15. Tim Bayer says:

    Kreider JUST missed.

  16. Tim Bayer says:

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

  17. Tim Bayer says:

    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.

  18. Tim Bayer says:

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

  19. Tim Bayer says:

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

  20. Tim Bayer says:

    Lupul boarding penalty. Parade to the penalty box continues.

  21. Tim Bayer says:

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

  22. Tim Bayer says:

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

  23. Tim Bayer says:

    Rangers with 22 shots that period. Leafs had 5.

  24. Tim Bayer says:

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

  25. Tim Bayer says:

    Third period begins.

  26. Tim Bayer says:

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

  27. Tim Bayer says:

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

  28. Tim Bayer says:

    Leafs have a lot more jump this period.

  29. Tim Bayer says:

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

  30. Tim Bayer says:

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

  31. Tim Bayer says:

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

  32. Tim Bayer says:

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

  33. Tim Bayer says:


  34. Tim Bayer says:

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

  35. Tim Bayer says:

    Goal stands. 1-1!

  36. Tim Bayer says:

    Going to overtime.

  37. Tim Bayer says:

    Wow. Great defensive play by McDonagh.

  38. Tim Bayer says:

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

  39. Tim Bayer says:

    Another one of them shootout things.

  40. Tim Bayer says:

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

  41. Tim Bayer says:

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

  42. Tim Bayer says:

    Stepan rips a wrister past Bernier.

  43. Tim Bayer says:

    Lupul scored. Wrister off crossbar and in.

  44. Tim Bayer says:

    Rick Nash misses the backhand attempt.

  45. Tim Bayer says:

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

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