Backup goaltender Martin Biron came up huge tonight, making 24 great saves. The defense played their best game all year and the offense generated a ton of scoring chances.


The offense created lots of scoring chances, and that with some hard work proved the Rangers do not need their top scorer to win games. The Rangers had a game-high 15 shots on goal in the first period, two of which got by Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavsson – the only two goals they would need. The first came off a great effort by Derek Stepan, who worked through Toronto’s defense to the net. He was able to sneak the puck past Gustavsson, and the puck sat on the goal line long enough for Ruslan Fedotenko to bang home for his first goal as a Ranger. Just sixty-one seconds later Michal Rozsival made a slick pass to Artem Anismov for a goal from the top of the crease.

Biron’s 24 saves greatly helped backstop the Rangers to two points. That’s not a large number by any means, but quality and timing is better than quantity. His save on Toronto’s Kris Versteeg on a breakaway shortly after the Leafs had scored to make it 2-1 would have given the Leafs a ton of momentum, and likely would have led to overtime if not for that stop. Biron stayed in position and made a nice save with the glove, and he was constantly in great position throughout the night.

A solid effort by the penalty kill unit towards the end of the third ultimately solidified a Rangers victory, as Toronto never really got any scoring chances after that. Big two points thanks mostly to Biron.

Rangers Three Stars:

First – Marty Biron: 24 saves on 25 shots against
Second – Ruslan Fedotenko: 1 goal (first as a Ranger), 5 SOG
Third – Artem Anisimov: 1 goal, +/- 1, 3 SOG