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New York Rangers 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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New York Rangers 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 FINAL
New York Rangers 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) -- Eric Lindros has returned to coach Glen Sather's doghouse.

Mikael Renberg scored twice and had an assist to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Lindros, in his second game on a top line following a stint on the fourth line, scored in the first period for New York.

But Sather wasn't happy.

"He's got a problem with the coach," Sather said. "I didn't think he was playing very well. A lot of players have that problem. You play hard, you get ice time."

Lindros took a hooking penalty in the second period, leading to Gary Roberts' go-ahead goal. Sather removed Lindros from the top line late in the third -- a line he was just promoted to on Friday.

When told of Sather's comments, Lindros said he didn't know what Sather was referring to.

"Over the course of the last couple of months, I've been filling in when people have been injured whether it's the first or fourth line, and I haven't complained once about the situation," Lindros said. "I haven't come out and made comments about it."

Sather has also publicly criticized other players this season, including forwards Anson Carter and Petr Nedved.

Roberts added a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won 10 of 11. Toronto moved within a point of Philadelphia for first place overall in the NHL.

"That's great. We feel good about that," Renberg said. "With the group of guys that we have in this locker room, I don't think anybody is going to be satisfied with where we are now. We just have to keep going."

The Rangers also lost to Toronto on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.

Both teams expressed anger at each other, and the game featured 20 penalties -- including two fights. Toronto's Nathon Perrott lifted Jason MacDonald's sweater in the second period, and Toronto's Wade Belak repeatedly punched defenseman Dale Purinton in the face in the third.

New York's Darius Kasparaitis sent Alexei Ponikarovsky to the ice with a vicious check in the second.

Ed Belfour made 28 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have gained a point in 11 straight games (10-0-0-1), equaling the club record set in 1950-51 and matched in the 1993-94 season. Toronto will look to set the mark Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Rangers went 0-for-6 on the power-play, and the Maple Leafs went 2-for-7.

"We seem to find ways to win every night," Renberg said.

Lindros' shot deflected off the skate of Mats Sundin and in at 4:05 of the first.

Renberg scored from behind New York's net by putting a shot off the pads of goalie Mike Dunham at 10:10 of the first.

"It was a very, very lucky goal," Renberg said.

Roberts gave Toronto a 2-1 lead on the power play by putting a rebound past Dunham, and Renberg made it a 3-2 with the man advantage by putting in a rebound at 4:17 of the third. Roberts and Sundin assisted.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:05
NYR
Eric Lindros (5) ASST: Alex Kovalev (19)
1 - 0 NYR
10:10
TOR
Mikael Renberg (5) ASST: Gary Roberts (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
08:50
TOR
PPG - Gary Roberts (10) ASST: Mikael Renberg (4), Ken Klee (15)
2 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
04:17
TOR
PPG - Mikael Renberg (6) ASST: Gary Roberts (8), Mats Sundin (19)
3 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:24
NYR
Jason MacDonald  Cross checking against  Robert Reichel
06:21
TOR
Robert Reichel  Closing hand on puck
13:26
NYR
Jason MacDonald  Charging against  Nathan Perrott
16:10
NYR
Darius Kasparaitis  Roughing against  Wade Belak
16:10
TOR
Wade Belak  Roughing against  Darius Kasparaitis
19:33
NYR
Petr Nedved  Cross checking against  Gary Roberts
2nd Period
05:45
NYR
Jason MacDonald  Fighting (maj) against  Nathan Perrott
05:45
NYR
Jason MacDonald  Game misconduct against  Nathan Perrott
05:45
TOR
Nathan Perrott  Fighting (maj) against  Jason MacDonald
08:23
NYR
Eric Lindros  Hooking - Obstruction against  Thomas Fitzgerald
09:25
TOR
Bryan Marchment  Elbowing against  Jed Ortmeyer
12:05
TOR
Nik Antropov  Interference against  Darius Kasparaitis
14:49
NYR
Martin Rucinsky  Roughing against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
15:03
TOR
Mikael Renberg  Hi-sticking against  Darius Kasparaitis
18:18
NYR
Martin Rucinsky  Hooking - Obstruction against  Gary Roberts
3rd Period
00:35
TOR
Ed Belfour  Delay of game
03:13
NYR
Chris Simon  Interference against  Bryan Marchment
06:41
NYR
Dale Purinton  Fighting (maj) against  Wade Belak
06:41
TOR
Wade Belak  Fighting (maj) against  Dale Purinton
11:45
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hi-sticking against  Petr Nedved
goalie stats
Mike Dunham
Mike Dunham
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1
Ed Belfour
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 1 - 1
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