TORONTO -- This time is wasn't Alexandar Georgiev's birthday, and by no means was this a piece of cake. But all things considered, and when all was said and done, the Rangers had every right to celebrate on Saturday night.
It was all said and done once local boy Ryan Strome ended it, taking a pass from Boo Nieves and banking one off the boot of Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen 1:48 into overtime - Strome's first career OT winner lifting the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Maple Leafs, and lifting a weight off the Blueshirts' shoulders after a scuffling couple of weeks.
And it made a winner once again out of Georgiev, who appears to have found the formula this season stifle a Toronto team loaded with offensive talent.
"This feels really good," said Brady Skjei. "It's been a while since we've had this feeling in the locker room."
"We've worked hard the last couple weeks. The results haven't been there and it's been frustrating," said Strome. "It's good to get one against a good team on the road. And in pretty dramatic fashion, too."
The victory snapped the Rangers' skid at five, and perhaps just as gratifying, was their first overtime win since Oct. 11, in game No. 4 of the season. The Rangers had lost nine straight games that were decided in overtime and must have wondered if they would ever catch a break in the 3-on-3.