Originally posted on Bleeding All Blue  |  Last updated 1/14/12

The New York Rangers got back on the winning side with a dominant 3-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.  The Rangers were unhappy with their team effort on Thursday in their loss to the Ottawa Senators, but they corrected those mistakes early and often in this one.  The lack of energy and effort that plagued large portions of the game Thursday were gone as the team played with high energy and physicality from the opening drop of the puck until the final horn.  On the defensive side the team did an excellent job of minimizing the chances Toronto had to get their own offense going.  
Martin Biron made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season while Mike Rupp, Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan provided the scoring.  The win for Biron improved him to 9-2 on the season only furthering the notion that he can play any game that coach John Tortorella wants to keep Henrik Lundqvist rested.
Rupp got the Rangers on the board early in the second as he combined with Derek Stepan and Wojtek Wolski to convert the 3-on-1 rush.  Ryan McDonagh caught the Leafs in a line change by stepping up in the neutral zone, fed the puck ahead to Stepan who went to Wolski, back to Stepan and finally to Rupp for the finish.
Late in the second Brian Boyle scored for the first time in 23 games by roofing a shot behind Gustavsson.  The look of relief on Boyle’s face told the story of just how much the drought was weighing on the 27-year-old forward, but to Boyle’s credit he has been doing everything else of late.  Boyle was excellent all-around again tonight as his line had the responsibility of playing against the Lupul-Connolly-Kessel line and they shut them down along with Girardi and McDonagh.
Early in the third the Leafs appeared they might have gotten on the board when Martin Biron slid across during a scramble, but the referees ruled that their was no goal and replays showed no conclusive evidence it had gone in.  The goal cam replay appeared to show it might have gone in, but with no conclusive evidence the Leafs remained off the board and the Rangers added to their lead moments later. 
Derek Stepan capped the scoring with his 10th goal of the season after Carl Hagelin tipped ahead the Martin Biron outlet pass.  The assist was Biron’s third of the season.
  • Have to feel good for Boyle getting off the snide when it appeared he could not buy one no matter what he did.  He has deserved one for a few weeks with his overall game level and maybe now he will stop pressing so much, leading to a few more.
  • Ruslan Fedotenko left the game early in the second period and did not return because of back spasms.  No word on whether he will be able to play tomorrow against the Canadiens.


MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Details emerge on Brady's injury: 'Right thumb bent back badly'

Roy Halladay autopsy shows he had mix of drugs in system

Report: Indians, Orioles had discussed Manny Machado trade

Report: Jets WR threatened to sexually assault cop's wife

Report: Cavs seeking trades for DeAndre Jordan, George Hill

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tom Brady has 'just a cut' near knuckle, needed stitches

NFL determines Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

Report: Todd Haley wants to be Cardinals’ offensive coordinator

Kemba Walker would be ‘devastated’ if Hornets trade him

Foles ‘wanted to retire’ after spending a year with Fisher

New study: NFL concussion protocol won’t protect players from CTE

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Top 10 X-factors for Conference Championship Games

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

15 underrated NBA players having tremendous seasons

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker