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Rangers Rally But Fall Short in Toronto

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers rallied from a four-goal deficit, but ultimately fell to the Maple Leafs, 8-5, Saturday night in Toronto.

After trailing 5-1 in the first period, New York scored four straight to even the score in the second period. But Toronto scored three goals in the third to keep the Rangers out of the win column through two games this season.

After Dominic Moore and J.T. Miller traded goals 1:12 apart early in the first, Toronto exploded for four goals in 11:45 before Kevin Shattenkirk's power play goal at 19:37 began to turn the tide.

Video: NYR@TOR: Shattenkirk goes top shelf on power play

Mika Zibanejad scored his third power play goal in two games at 7:43 of the second to make it a two-goal game. Marc Staal scored at 12:14 before Mats Zuccarello added his first of the year 1:52 later to tie the game, 5-5.

But Tyler Bozak broke the tie 7:17 into the third to put Toronto back ahead for go. Leo Komarov and Nazem Kadri each scored to ice the game.

Henrik Lundqvist surrendered five goals on 17 shots before being pulled after the first period. Ondrej Pavelec made his debut in relief and made 21 saves in the loss.

The Blueshirts return home on Sunday to take on the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.

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