NEW YORK (AP) - Martin St. Louis‘ day started way better than it finished.
The former Tampa Bay Lightning star got his wish when he was dealt to the New York Rangers on NHL trade deadline day. He then got into the lineup with his new team right away, but wasn’t able to celebrate his first home win on Broadway.
Tyler Bozak scored on a penalty shot and then got the winning goal 1:51 into overtime to lift Toronto to a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night after the Maple Leafs squandered a two-goal lead in the third period.
“Tonight was a gutsy comeback,” St. Louis said. “Unfortunately we didn’t get the extra point, but I was happy to come here and just break the ice.”
Bozak got to a loose puck in front that bounced past Rangers defensemen Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh and slammed a shot past Henrik Lundqvist to snap the Maple Leafs’ three-game losing streak (0-1-2) and stretch New York’s skid to three (0-2-1).
Lundqvist slammed his stick on the glass as he left the ice and was still aggravated when he got to the dressing room.
“Every point is important right now. It’s annoying the way it ends,” he said. “We played really well and worked ourselves back into this game. It’s a big frustration right now to not come out of it with two points.”
Lundqvist bounced back from two straight losses in which he gave up 10 goals, and finished with 26 saves. Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier had dropped two straight after regulation - allowing nine goals in the process - before sitting out Monday’s loss against Columbus. He stopped 35 shots.
The Rangers got even by scoring twice on the first power play they gave up in two games.
McDonagh made it 2-1 at 5:34 with his 10th goal, and Moore tied it when he finished a 2-on-1 rush with Derek Stepan. It was the second time in four games Toronto allowed two short-handed goals on one power play.
“Aside from those two minutes on the power play, we played a strong game,” Kadri said. “We got the result we wanted, the two points.
“We just to have to clean up the power play and we’ll be better, but we’re all pleased with the overall good job we did.”