NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers escaped with two points they believed they deserved even though they gave up a goal they felt the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't earn.
Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night.
The game was forced into overtime because of Nazem Kadri's goal with 1:24 left in regulation — one the Rangers thought shouldn't have counted.
After a wraparound attempt, David Clarkson took two whacks at the puck at the right post, and Talbot appeared to cover it, but Kadri came in and poked it in under Talbot's pad.
The NHL reviewed it in Toronto and said the goal should stand.
"In my opinion, that was the wrong call," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "The referee told Brad (Richards) on the ice that if they didn't score on the wraparound, then it wasn't a goal. They didn't score on the wraparound.
"The puck was underneath Cam's pad. How (the reviewers) saw it differently, I'm not quite sure. You've just got to play through those things, and that's what we did."
The Rangers held off the Maple Leafs in a spirited overtime that produced several scoring chances and then outlasted them in the shootout.
Zuccarello and Stepan scored in the first two rounds, and Talbot stopped Kadri in the third to end it. Joffrey Lupul was the only Toronto player to score in the tiebreaker.
Talbot was relieved the Rangers pulled out the victory.
"I would have been pretty devastated, especially with the game we played," he said. "We deserved to win the game, and to get a goal like that against us could have really hurt us, but we kind of let it go, pushed forward and got the eventual game-winner."
Jonathan Bernier was exceptional for Toronto, making 42 saves through overtime and allowing only J.T. Miller's goal 7:04 into the third period. The Maple Leafs played their third straight shootout and lost for the second consecutive time. They are 2-5-2 in their last nine.
"We played a very solid road game," Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf said. "It was very good to get a point."
Talbot, starting over slumping No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist for the second straight game, bounced back from the late goal and improved to 8-2 in his first NHL season. He made 24 saves Sunday in a 4-1 win over Minnesota and helped New York finish its team-record, nine-game homestand 3-4-2.
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