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Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 2
New York Rangers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO (AP) - Jaromir Jagr is on a tear heading into the Olympic break.

Jagr scored twice to reach 40 goals for the sixth time in his career, and the New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 Saturday night for their sixth straight victory.

Jagr scored two power-play goals Friday night in a 4-2 victory at New York in the opener of the home-and-home series, and beat goalie Ed Belfour for two more one night later. Jagr leads the NHL in goals and points (88).

"I've been on some hot streak lately," Jagr said. "Hopefully, I can play the same way in the Olympics, but hopefully I can play even better when I come back after the Olympics. I go to represent my country, but my job is to play good for the New York Rangers."

With 1,397 career points, Jagr - who will play for the Czech Republic at the Turin Games - is one behind Jari Kurri for second place among European players.

It was the teams' final game before the league shuts down for the Olympics.

Jagr scored his 39th by knocking a rebound in off Belfour's skate at 12:15 of the first.

He scored his 40th at 7:45 of the third, beating Belfour with a shot between the legs after Toronto failed to clear the puck.

Jagr reached 40 goals for the first time since 2000-01. His career high is 62 for Pittsburgh in 1995-96.

If he wins the scoring title this year he'll tie match former teammate Mario Lemieux with six scoring titles.

"He was my idol since I was 15-years old," Jagr said. "I had a chance to see him every day and learn a lot from him. Like my first goal today, I learned that from Mario. He scored a lot of them like that."

Petr Sykora and Martin Rucinsky also scored for the Rangers, who have won 10 of 12 and head into the Olympic break in first place in the Atlantic Division.

Bryan McCabe and Jason Allison scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won just three of their last 15 games. Fans booed the Maple Leafs off the ice.

Toronto captain Mats Sundin played one of his better games of his subpar season, almost scoring on breakaway in the first. He assisted on Allison's goal.

Sundin, who will play for Sweden in Turin, was looking forward to the Olympics.

"Who knows, it might be good for me," Sundin said. "It's fun to get a chance to represent your country."

Sykora beat Belfour glove side with a shot at 5:51 of the second. Rucinsky gave New York a 4-0 lead by beating Belfour up high on the power play at 12:35 of the second.

McCabe's shot from the point on the power play cut it to 4-1 with 33 seconds left in the period. It was McCabe's career high-tying 17th goal, matching his total set in 2001-02.

Allison cut it to 4-2 at 2:44 of the third with a weak wrist that beat goalie Kevin Weekes.

Notes: McCabe needs one point to tie a career-high 53 points set 2003-04. ... Weekes, who is from Toronto, made 28 saves. ... Jagr turns 34 next week.

scoring summary
1st Period
Jaromir Jagr (39) ASST: Marek Malik (12), Michal Rozsival (17)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
Petr Sykora (15) ASST: Martin Rucinsky (31)
2 - 0 NYR
Jaromir Jagr (40) ASST: Martin Straka (48), Michael Nylander (39)
3 - 0 NYR
PPG - Martin Rucinsky (14) ASST: Steve Rucchin (16), Petr Sykora (20)
4 - 0 NYR
PPG - Bryan McCabe (17) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (38), Alexei Ponikarovsky (8)
4 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
PPG - Jason Allison (10) ASST: Mats Sundin (30), Tomas Kaberle (39)
4 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
Martin Rucinsky  Hooking against  Kyle Wellwood
Jed Ortmeyer  Tripping against  Darcy Tucker
Petr Sykora  Hooking against  Jason Allison
2nd Period
Bryan McCabe  Interference against  Jaromir Jagr
Bryan McCabe  Hooking against  Jaromir Jagr
Jason Strudwick  Hooking against  Jeff O'Neill
3rd Period
Fedor Tyutin  Holding against  Darcy Tucker
Matt Stajan  Holding against  Marek Malik
Darcy Tucker  Elbowing against  Jaromir Jagr
Darius Kasparaitis  Tripping against  Darcy Tucker
goalie stats
Kevin Weekes
Kevin Weekes
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 22TOI: 59:05
Saves: 18EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
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