NEW YORK - Steve Valiquette outduelled Toronto's Vesa Toskala in a goalie showdown, and Fredrik Sjostrom scored the deciding goal in a shootout to lift the New York Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Valiquette, the less busy of the netminders, allowed a goal in the tiebreaker to Nikolai Kulemin, but earned his third NHL shutout when Jason Blake hit the post on the final shot of the shootout.
Nikolai Zherdev opened the shootout with a goal for the Rangers, who bounced back from a 3-1 loss to Buffalo on Wednesday night to improve to 6-1.
Toronto is 0-1-2 since an opening night victory over the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.
Three of Valiquette's 11 career victories have come against the Maple Leafs, including a shootout victory last season. He skated off as the first star of the game to chants of "Vall-ey! Vall-ey!" from the appreciative Madison Square Garden crowd.
Valiquette, getting a rare home start over No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, made 21 saves - but only nine after the second period. Lundqvist is expected back Saturday night in Detroit.