Found January 15, 2012 on Blue Seat Blogs:

As you know, the four of us were unable to watch the game last night, so the recap today comes from Tom Urtz Jr, who writes for Bleacher Report.  Thanks again Tom. You can follow Tom on Twitter here.

The Rangers are back in the win column after outplaying the Leafs Saturday night in Toronto.The Rangers set the tone early on with a very physical first period that would continue the rest of the game.

With the Rangers forechecking and throwing their weight around, the Leafs were limited to only five shots in a scoreless first period. Towards the end of the period, Cody Franson was called for a penalty which sent the Rangers to the power play.

The Rangers inability to score on the man advantage continued against the Leafs as they failed to capitalize and get shots on net. The Rangers went 0-2 on the man advantage against the Leafs.

The Rangers once again outshot the Leafs and physically dominated the Leafs in the second period and finally got on the scoreboard when Mike Rupp scored his fourth goal of the season on an odd man rush led by Derek Stepan. Tonight was a night where the third and fourth liner continued to shine.

Brian Boyle would get the monkey of his back when he scored his third goal of the season towards the end of the period and was assisted by Brandon Prust and Ryan McDonagh.

In the third the Rangers continued to limit the Leafs scoring chances but received some continued help from both goal posts and the crossbar. Derek Stepan scored the Rangers third goal after Marty Biron hit Carl Hagelin with a crisp cross ice pass before setting up Stepan.

The goal was Stepan’s tenth of the year and his second point of the night. Marty Biron once again was a difference maker. Biron stood on his head when the Leafs were swarming on the powerplay and didn’t give up many second chance opportunites.

Biron improved his record to 9-2-0 and has eclipsed his win total of 8 from the 2010-11 season.

Defensively, the Rangers were solid. Ryan McDonagh quietly had a good game and Marc Staal is continuing to show he is ready for more responsibility. The fact that Staal saw some power play time was a good sign. Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul were a non factor in this game and Toronto never got anything going.

Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik really weren’t a factor in this game and that is going to have to change for tomorrow night. The Rangers need these two players to perform in order to be successful against tough opponents. They can’t survive on third line productions alone.

Artem Anisimov may still be in Tortorella’s doghouse as he only played 10:07 as the fourth line center against the Leafs.

Hopefully the Rangers can continue this effort tomorrow night against the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers have had some trouble with the Canadiens at the Bell Centre so hopefully Lundqvist can come out strong.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Rangers Return Newbury To Whale

The Rangers have returned forward Kris Newbury to the CT Whale of the AHL. Newbury’s second stint with the Rangers lasted one game, where he was on the ice for three Canadiens goals. Newbury finished the game with under seven minutes of ice time and a -3 rating. He looked incredibly lost against a much faster Montreal team. Newbury’s return to CT means that one of Brandon Dubinsky...

Uh-Oh: Sean Avery Minor League Hockey Drama

Yes, that is a screenshot from 24/7 when Avery was modeling. In that segment, Avery talked about what it was like being sent down to the minors and how good it felt to come back to the big boy league. Now, Avery is back down with the Connecticut Whales and there is big time drama! Sean Avery was scratched last night for discplinary reasons, but rumors on Twitter said he may have...

Postgame: Rangers Blank Leafs to Take Over Top Spot in NHL

It was quite clear going into this game that the Rangers needed to play better hockey, despite having won five of their last six prior to tonight. They did that and managed the blank the red hot Maple Leafs, 3-0, to again take over the top spot in the National Hockey League. For the first time in several weeks, the Blueshirts again played a complete team game, and as they’ve shown...

Avery to be Placed on Re-Entry Waivers?

Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that it is believed the Rangers eventually will place Sean Avery on re-entry waivers, perhaps closer to the Feb. 27 trade deadline....with everything going on down in Hartford, not so sure teams would be interested in claiming him anymore. I do hope it works out for Avery.One team that was interested in Avery, according to the Calgary Sun, was the Florida...

Rangers Deny Rumor That Sean Avery Earned AHL Benching by Spitting on Coach

Sean Avery just can't buy a break these days. It's bad enough that he's been waived by the Rangers for the second time this year and is currently playing with their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Whale. Now, there's been a rumor floating around the Internet that Avery was benched on Friday because he spit on the Whale's coach, Ken Gernander. The Rangers have come...

Olivia Munn dumps Brad Richards, Rangers become average team again

Actress Olivia Munn. Photo courtesy Flick user: gageskidmore. Us Weekly reported recently that New York Rangers forward Brad Richards has been dumped by girlfriend Olivia Munn. She ended it with him. She had to. It’s not really complicated. She just realized she liked him as a friend and nothing more. Ouch! Bad news for Richards. And Rangers fans. Not so much for the rest of...

Newbury Recalled With Dubinsky, Fedotenko Hurting

Andrew Gross reports that the Rangers have recalled Kris Newbury for tonight's game in Montreal.  Newbury is likely just precautionary in case both Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder) and Ruslan Fedotenko (back spasms) cannot play this evening. 

Rangers-Leaves in review

Shut the front door. That’s how you smother a good team, how you make their night miserable, how you bounce back from a loss. Fact: The Rangers are quickly becoming the team you don’t want to play, because they will make you absorb a beating, fight for every inch and for every puck, and will give you every reason to give up and get to the lockerroom … and with many icepacks...

Did Sean Avery Spit On His Minor League Hockey Coach?

Sean Avery, now playing for the Connecticut Whale in the AHL, was a healthy scratch last night for what the Rangers are calling "disciplinary reasons." It remains unclear, however, what required the discipline. The rumor spreading on Twitter is that he was benched for spitting on his coach. More »

Newbury called up from Connecticut

Follow @thenyrangers Share New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Kris Newbury has been recalled from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL). New...

Rangers can't answer at Bell

MONTREAL -- At other NHL rinks, the New York Rangers have proven to be one of the league's best teams this season....

Rangers In Toronto to Battle the Leafs

Coming off a 3-0 shutout loss to the Ottawa Senators, the New York Rangers will look to turn things around tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. For the Rangers, their focus has to be on getting pucks to the net and making most of their chances. In their last two games, the team has scored just one goal in regulation while not being able to convert on...

In-Game: Rangers at Maple Leafs, 1/14/12

// CLICK HERE for Rangers-Leafs Pregame

Rangers bounce back as Biron shuts out Leafs

New York backup Martin Biron made 20 saves, and the Rangers bounced back from a streak-busting loss to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Saturday night.

No. 1 Rangers at best in win over Leafs

TORONTO (AP) - New York backup Martin Biron made 20 saves, and the Rangers bounced back from a streak-busting loss to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Saturday night. After a lackluster 3-0 home loss to Ottawa on Thursday that broke a five-...
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!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.