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Toronto Maple Leafs 6, New York Rangers 5 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Toronto Maple Leafs 6, New York Rangers 5 FINAL OT
Toronto Maple Leafs 6, New York Rangers 5

NEW YORK (AP) -- This isn't what the Toronto Maple Leafs had in mind for their final meeting with the New York Rangers.

Coming off a two-day holiday break that culminated in a game-day trip to New York, the Maple Leafs pulled out a 6-5 overtime victory that stretched their point streak to 16 games Friday night.

Mats Sundin scored 3:35 into overtime to lift Toronto, which led 4-1 and 5-2 and lost two players to injury.

"It was a strange game, a wild game," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "We're happy with the win to say the least."

The Maple Leafs escaped with their streak intact despite being outshot 35-25. Toronto is 14-0-1-1 since last losing a regulation game on Nov. 20 at Edmonton, and 7-0-1 away from home.

The run ties the longest in the NHL since the 1999-2000 season, when points were first awarded for overtime losses.

Sundin tied former teammate Steve Thomas with his NHL-record 13th overtime goal. It was his 66th game-winning goal with Toronto and his NHL-best 29th since the start of the 2000-01 season.

"We didn't play that good and we were still up 5-2," Sundin said. "We found a way."

Matthew Barnaby scored in the third period to tie it for the Rangers. Chris Simon, Greg de Vries, Alex Kovalev and Martin Rucinsky also had New York goals.

"I don't know how everyone else feels but I don't get satisfied with one point," forward Bobby Holik said. "You are playing sloppy, you tie the game at one point, you want to win."

Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Ken Klee, Ric Jackman, and Joe Nieuwendyk had the other Toronto goals.

The Maple Leafs and Rangers played their entire season series during Toronto's streak, and the Leafs finished 4-0 against their Original Six foes.

The teams scored five times within 4:15 late in the second period to turn a hard-hitting affair into a shootout that would've brought back fond memories for Rangers coach Glen Sather.

Sather, who ran the high-scoring Edmonton Oilers in the late 1980s, missed the game because he was home with the flu.

Leafs starting goalie Trevor Kidd injured his groin eight minutes into the second period. He was replaced by Ed Belfour to start the third. The Maple Leafs also lost Robert Reichel, who was knocked out of the game by defenseman Darius Kasparaitis late in the third.

The game was tied 1-1 after one period, and Toronto led 5-4 after two.

Barnaby made it 5-5 when he put in a loose puck after Eric Lindros took a backhander from the slot.

Tucker broke a 1-1 tie 6:46 into the second period, when the Maple Leafs turned a penalty to Martin Rucinsky into a power-play goal for the second time.

The Rangers earned a power play following a scuffle that broke out as Tucker scored, but couldn't convert. Instead, the Maple Leafs extended their lead just less than four minutes later.

Klee ripped a shot from the blue line that got through a double screen in front and past Mike Dunham to make it 3-1 at 10:36.

Jackman made it a three-goal advantage with 4:54 left in the period to set off the scoring burst.

But de Vries answered 17 seconds later to bring New York to 4-2.

Nieuwendyk then took a pass from Alexei Ponikarovsky and carried the puck into the left circle. He let go a hard shot that beat Dunham and popped up the water bottle on top of the net.

Again, the Rangers answered. This time it was Kovalev 43 seconds later to make it 5-3 with 1:11 left in the seesaw second period. Rucinsky made it a one-goal game with 38.8 seconds remaining.

"We've got to take a lesson from this," Tucker said. "We can take the positives out of it but we have to be much better."

Both teams changed goalies for the third period. The Rangers went to backup Jussi Markkanen while Toronto turned to Belfour. Markkanen made eight saves, Belfour stopped 11 shots.

Kidd stopped 23 of New York's first 27 shots in his third game this season and second road appearance against the Rangers. Dunham made only eight saves on 13 shots.

"Eleven goals, that's what they want, but it was ugly," Dunham said.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:11
NYR
Chris Simon (6) ASST: Matthew Barnaby (10), Eric Lindros (13)
1 - 0 NYR
05:11
TOR
PPG - Gary Roberts (14) ASST: Mats Sundin (22), Joe Nieuwendyk (12)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:46
TOR
PPG - Darcy Tucker (12) ASST: Robert Reichel (12), Owen Nolan (17)
2 - 1 TOR
10:36
TOR
Ken Klee (3) ASST: Wade Belak (1), Matt Stajan (7)
3 - 1 TOR
15:06
TOR
Richard Jackman (2) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (2), Nik Antropov (4)
4 - 1 TOR
15:23
NYR
Greg De Vries (2) ASST: Petr Nedved (9), Jan Hlavac (11)
4 - 2 TOR
18:06
TOR
Joe Nieuwendyk (9) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (3), Nik Antropov (5)
5 - 2 TOR
18:49
NYR
Alex Kovalev (6) ASST: Greg De Vries (8), Bobby Holik (12)
5 - 3 TOR
19:21
NYR
Martin Rucinsky (9) ASST: Alex Kovalev (20), Bobby Holik (13)
5 - 4 TOR
3rd Period
08:37
NYR
Matthew Barnaby (5) ASST: Eric Lindros (14), Chris Simon (7)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
03:35
TOR
Mats Sundin (15) ASST: Ken Klee (17), Aki Berg (5)
6 - 5 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
03:15
NYR
Martin Rucinsky  Tripping against  Ken Klee
10:40
NYR
Boris Mironov  Holding against  Darcy Tucker
12:05
NYR
Petr Nedved  Hi-sticking against  Owen Nolan
12:48
TOR
Gary Roberts  Hi-sticking against  Darius Kasparaitis
16:54
NYR
Vladimir Malakhov  Hi-sticking against  Bryan Marchment
18:38
TOR
Nik Antropov  Hi-sticking against  Tom Poti
2nd Period
05:12
NYR
Martin Rucinsky  Interference against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
06:46
NYR
Darius Kasparaitis  Roughing against  Owen Nolan
06:46
TOR
Owen Nolan  Roughing against  Darius Kasparaitis
06:46
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Roughing against  Darius Kasparaitis
12:18
NYR
Vladimir Malakhov  Holding
15:23
TOR
Wade Belak  Roughing against  Greg De Vries
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Ed Belfour
SA: 8TOI: 23:35
Saves: 7EV: 7 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Trevor Kidd
SA: 27TOI: 39:48
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .852SH: 2 - 2
Mike Dunham
Mike Dunham
SA: 13TOI: 40:00
Saves: 8EV: 4 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .615SH: 2 - 2
Jussi Markkanen
Jussi Markkanen
SA: 12TOI: 23:35
Saves: 11EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
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