|NYR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|TOR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||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.
|Eric Lindros (5) ASST: Alex Kovalev (19)|
1 - 0 NYR
|Mikael Renberg (5) ASST: Gary Roberts (7)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Gary Roberts (10) ASST: Mikael Renberg (4), Ken Klee (15)|
2 - 1 TOR
|PPG - Mikael Renberg (6) ASST: Gary Roberts (8), Mats Sundin (19)|
3 - 1 TOR
|Jason MacDonald Cross checking against Robert Reichel|
|Robert Reichel Closing hand on puck|
|Jason MacDonald Charging against Nathan Perrott|
|Darius Kasparaitis Roughing against Wade Belak|
|Wade Belak Roughing against Darius Kasparaitis|
|Petr Nedved Cross checking against Gary Roberts|
|Jason MacDonald Fighting against Nathan Perrott|
|Jason MacDonald Game misconduct against Nathan Perrott|
|Nathan Perrott Fighting against Jason MacDonald|
|Eric Lindros Hooking - Obstruction against Thomas Fitzgerald|
|Bryan Marchment Elbowing against Jed Ortmeyer|
|Nik Antropov Interference against Darius Kasparaitis|
|Martin Rucinsky Roughing against Alexei Ponikarovsky|
|Mikael Renberg Hi-sticking against Darius Kasparaitis|
|Martin Rucinsky Hooking - Obstruction against Gary Roberts|
|Ed Belfour Delay of game|
|Chris Simon Interference against Bryan Marchment|
|Dale Purinton Fighting against Wade Belak|
|Wade Belak Fighting against Dale Purinton|
|Alexei Ponikarovsky Hi-sticking against Petr Nedved|
|SA: 36||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 33||EV: 24 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 10|
|SV%: .917||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 28||EV: 22 - 23|
|PIM: 2||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .966||SH: 1 - 1|