Moore scores twice as Rangers beat Maple Leafs 7-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — The New York Rangers quickly bounced back from a tough loss.

Dominic Moore scored twice, Carl Hagelin had a goal and an assist, and the Rangers cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards and Brian Boyle also scored for New York, which was coming off a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh the previous night.

"I know the guys were ready last night and turned the page on it, analyzed it, we got ready, the guys came out, moved the puck well, got some good opportunities and we were able to finish a couple," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Hagelin's deflection goal put the Rangers up at 6:57 of the first, and Moore made it 2-0 exactly 9 minutes later as he sent the puck between Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier's legs from a bad angle. Pouliot, Kreider and Moore again made it 5-0 with about 3½ minutes to go in the second period before Joffrey Lupul got the Leafs on the scoreboard about a minute later.

Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots in place of starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who played against the Penguins. It was another steady outing from the rookie, who improved to 9-3-0 with a 1.66 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.

"I've always just kind of started as a backup and then started playing more games, so I've been in these situations before and you learn from every situation you're in," Talbot said.

Toronto snapped a three-game winning streak as Bernier gave up five goals on 32 shots before getting the hook in favor of James Reimer, who hadn't played since being yanked Dec. 21. Reimer didn't fare much better, giving up two goals on 18 shots.

The Leafs also lost defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and winger David Clarkson to injuries. Gunnarsson suffered an upper-body injury on a hit from Hagelin only minutes after Clarkson blocked a shot with his left foot and hobbled to the bench.

"No offense to those guys, but I don't know if they would've been helping tonight," Lupul said. "You never like to see guys go down, and those are two veteran guys and we're hoping they're all right. ... That's certainly not an excuse for how we played tonight."

It was a big change for The Leafs, who were coming off a win against Detroit in the Winter Classic on Wednesday as they played in front of 105,491 fans, many of whom drove several hours to Michigan Stadium to watch the spectacle amid frigid temperatures. Against the Rangers, they were booed off the ice multiple times.



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