The Rangers fumbled and bumbled away a game and probably a chance to finish as high as fifth place in the East. Four goals against on four miserable defensive breakdowns.
Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 8, 2013 (Game 39, Away Game 19)
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Maple Leafs 4, Rangers 3
– The Rangers were defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, tonight at Air Canada Centre, and are now 3-1-1 in their last five games.
– The Blueshirts have posted a record of 19-16-4 (42 pts) overall, including a 7-10-2 mark on the road this season.
– The Rangers out-hit the Maple Leafs, 42-32, in the contest, led by Michael Del Zotto’s game-high, six hits.
– Rick Nash notched two goals, led all skaters with seven shots on goal, and logged 21:48 of ice time. He has now registered 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last eight games, including a three-game goal streak (four goals) during the stretch.
– Derek Stepan recorded two points, including one goal and one assist, to extend his point streak to five games (four goals, four assists over the span). He has now tallied 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in the last 21 games. Stepan also won a team-high, 14-28 faceoffs (50%) in 21:04 of ice time.
– John Moore registered an assist, was credited with two hits, and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 9:00 of ice time. He has now tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in four games as a Ranger.
– Steve Eminger recorded an assist, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 11:23 of ice time. He is now two points shy of his 100th career NHL point.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and has now posted a record of 17-14-3 overall, including 5-8-2 mark on the road this season.
– Ryan Callahan was credited with five hits, tied for the game-high with three blocked shots, and registered three shots on goal in 22:25 of ice time.
– The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 9, is 12:30 p.m. at MSG Training Center.
– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against Original Six opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to complete their home-and-home set.