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Toronto 6, NY Rangers 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, December 20, 2019
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Referees: Brandon Blandina, Marc Joannette
Linesmen: Steve Barton, Scott Driscoll
Attendance: 16909

William Nylander had two goals and an assist to lift the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Toronto's Mitch Marner also scored twice, Auston Matthews had two assists, Ilya Mikheyev a goal and assist, and Pierre Engvall also scored. Frederik Andersen made 19 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have won five of their past six.

Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist, Brady Skjei and Ryan Strome also scored, and Alexandar Georgiev made 34 saves for the Rangers, who have dropped three in a row overall and four straight at home.

Nylander and Marner scored 47 seconds apart early in the third period to give the Maple Leafs a 5-3 lead.

Nylander received a pass coming from Matthews as he entered the New York zone on the right side, and he scored nearside from the circle at 2:10 for a 4-3 lead.

Marner then stole the puck along the wall in the Rangers' zone, skated in on Georgiev and scored from the slot to produce a two-goal margin at 2:57.

Mikheyev made it 6-3 at 16:23.

The Maple Leafs took a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Justin Holl worked a give-and-go with Mikheyev to create space coming through the right circle, and Holl centered a pass to Engvall for the one-timer at 9:38.

Nylander scored off a rebound to make it 2-0 at 11:52.

The Rangers bounced back to make it 2-2 entering the second period.

They cut it to 2-1 when Skjei tried to stop Mika Zibanejad's backhand centering pass, but the puck came off his blade and slid slowly between the pads of Andersen, crossing the goal line at 14:04.

Strome tied it 2-2 at 17:51 after a turnover behind the Toronto net.

Marner scored a power-play goal at 2:50 of the second period to give Toronto a 3-2 lead and extend his point streak to six games (four goals, six assists).

Buchnevich made it 3-3 at 5:27 of the second period when he turned and shot the puck from the left circle after a shot was blocked in front of the net.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Toronto   NY Rangers
William Nylander 3 Points Pavel Buchnevich 2
William Nylander 2 Goals Pavel Buchnevich 1
Auston Matthews 2 Assists Pavel Buchnevich 1
Mitchell Marner 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Frederik Andersen .864 Save Percentage Alexandar Georgiev .850
Frederik Andersen 19 Saves Alexandar Georgiev 34
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 40 6 1-3 3-3 6 28
NY Rangers 22 3 0-3 2-3 6 29
Upcoming Games
  • NY Rangers will play their next game at home against Anaheim. The Rangers have a W/L % of .312 after a win and .611 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .444 after a loss.