Matt Iaboni January 19, 2011
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
The New York Rangers ended any suspense of Wednesday's outcome as they exploded for four first-period goals and they were on their way to a 7-0 win over the Leafs.
They scored three goals on 11 shots against Jonas Gustavsson and one more on J.S. Giguere in the opening 20 minutes. The four goals came in a span of just 4:45 and it was all she wrote for the Leafs who have now lost two straight on the road and three in-a-row overall.
Career shutouts for Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Road games in Maple Leafs history.
Goals in four games against the Leafs for Brian Boyle.
Hits for the Leafs on the night.
Rangers' record against the Leafs this season.
This was a pretty easy choice. Marian Gaborik hadn't scored a goal in his last eight games but that changed in a big way against the Leafs.
He scored twice in the first period and twice more in the second as he finished with four goals and one assist. It was his 13th career hat-trick and the fourth time in his career he has scored four-or-more goals in a game. He and his linemates, Sean Avery and Artem Anisimov combined for 12 points on the night.
Schenn was one of the better Leafs on the night. He finished the game minus one with one shot, one hit in 20:54 of ice-time. Schenn also saw some time on the power play during the Leafs' three opportunities.
It has been two rough starts in a row for Jonas Gustavsson. Against the Rangers he allowed six goals for the second time in his career. In his last two games he has allowed 11 goals.
Gustavsson has looked shaky in the past two games and he appears to have lost some of the confidence that he displayed in his rookie season. With the loss his record falls to 6-13-2. He is 2-3 in his last five games and he has given up 19 goals during that span.
"I mean, he let a couple of iffy goals in, too. He can't just look and say well the D didn't help me out which they didn't. He's also got to make a save or two. So it's just going to be a process to get him back to where he's confident again ... We hadn't given him much support and obviously we didn't give either goalie support with any goals at all."
Thursday, January 20 vs. Anaheim Ducks
7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)
The Leafs return home Thursday to face the Anaheim Ducks to close out the back-to-back in the only meeting between the two teams this season.
The Ducks have won five of their last six as they play the second game of four straight on the road. They have moved to fourth in the Western Conference.