St. Louis was acquired Wednesday morning from Tampa Bay in the rare swap of team captains that sent New York’s Ryan Callahan to the Lightning. St. Louis, whose jersey was flying off the racks in the team store at Madison Square Garden before the game, got the chance to wear his own just hours after being dealt.
“I always felt if I was going to leave Tampa, the first place I’d want to play would be in New York,” St. Louis said. “It’s been in the back of my mind for a long time, but I wouldn’t trade those 14 years in Tampa for anything.”
Just after Toronto killed a power play that carried over from the first period, James van Riemsdyk came out of the penalty box and sent Bozak in on a breakaway. Rangers defenseman John Moore hounded him from behind with his stick and prevented Bozak from getting a clean shot away. However, Bozak was awarded with a penalty shot at 1:44.
The Maple Leafs’ next best scoring chance didn’t register on the shot board as defenseman Jake Gardiner’s drive struck the crossbar and then the right post before bounding away. It was originally ruled a goal on the ice, but that call was overturned by video replay.
Toronto managed only five shots in the second period, compared to nine for New York.
The Maple Leafs doubled their lead at 2:00 of the third when Kadri steered in the rebound of Nikolai Kulemin’s shot.
St. Louis got a nice ovation when he hopped over the boards for his first shift 38 seconds in, and created a surge of excitement when he fired a hard shot on goal from the top edge of the left circle.
Bernier was sharp and stood tall following a handful of miscues by teammates in front of him, stopping 12 shots in the first period. Lundqvist was just as solid at the other end, denying all 11 shots that came his way.
NOTES: The Rangers won’t name a new captain this season. Instead, D Dan Girardi joined Marc Staal and Brad Richards as those wearing an ‘A’ on their jersey. … Cam Talbot was the winning goalie in the Rangers‘ two victories over Toronto this season. The Maple Leafs avoided a three-game, season-series sweep.