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New York at Toronto

Rangers too much for winless Leafs, New York wins seventh straight

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs are going in opposite directions.

Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist for the streaking Rangers, who handed Toronto yet another loss by beating the Maple Leafs 4-1 in front of a disgruntled home crowd Saturday.

After an opening-night loss at Pittsburgh, the Rangers have won seven straight.

"A lot of it is confidence," goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "Even though we know we're not having the best night, we have the confidence right now that we can win."

Toronto and the New York Islanders are the only NHL teams that haven't won a game this season. The Leafs will face another week of questions about their poor record because they don't play again until next Saturday, when they open a five-game road trip in Vancouver.

"We've hit rock bottom," Leafs forward Lee Stempniak said. "There's no lower to go."

The players plan to use the week of practice to try to repair their shaken confidence.

"This has been a tough stretch," forward Matt Stajan said. "I think maybe a week off might be beneficial. We're going to have to make it beneficial because that's the way the schedule is."

Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto and Enver Lisin also had goals for the Rangers (7-1). Marian Gaborik added two assists to give him points in all eight games he's played since joining New York over the summer.

The Rangers were buoyed by a strong performance from Lundqvist, who made 34 saves.

"I think when you boil it all down, Lundqvist was just unbelievable," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said.

Ian White had the lone goal for the Leafs (0-6-1).

After missing the playoffs the last four years, the Leafs seem to have taken another step in the wrong direction and have already been soundly booed at home.

"I understand how frustrated the fans are -- I do understand that," Wilson said. "But booing doesn't help."

The coach has tried to keep the mood around his players light, having them play dodgeball in practice this week in an effort to ease the growing tension. It didn't work.

The first period against New York was emblematic of the Leafs' struggles as they trailed 1-0 despite being the stronger team.

Toronto moved the puck nicely on an early power play and speedy forward Jason Blake had a breakaway, but the Leafs couldn't put a puck behind Lundqvist.

"We have to find a way to score," defenseman Tomas Kaberle said. "We're making the goalie look good right now."

Dubinsky gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead after skating in on a 3-on-1 and beating Joey MacDonald with a nice wrist shot at 16:00. It was his third goal of the season.

The Leafs have been outscored 11-2 in the first period this season.

Two young Rangers defensemen quickly put Toronto in a deeper hole. Staal beat MacDonald through the legs on a wraparound at 4:36 before the rookie Del Zotto made it 3-0 just over a minute later, scoring his third of the season on a shot from the point.

"Once you get up two or three goals, you feel good," Lundqvist said. "They feel like they have to score three goals to get back into it ... and that's tough to do."

White scored 21 seconds after Del Zotto's goal as he moved in from the point and banged a loose puck behind Lundqvist.

Lisin erased any notion of a comeback by roofing a shot over MacDonald at 2:26 of the third period after Leafs defenseman Jeff Finger attempted to block a shot, only to see the puck wind up on the Rangers player's stick.

"It's tough not winning seven games in a row," Kaberle said. "You can feel it inside the dressing room."

Notes

  • Rangers forward Donald Brashear wears No. 87. He's the only current player in the NHL other than Sidney Crosby to do so.
  • Former Leafs Mark Osborne, Bill Berg and Felix Potvin performed the ceremonial faceoff on "90's Night."
  • Toronto took the warmup in retro jerseys adorned with names like Rouse, Macoun and Borschevsky.
  • Garnet Exelby, Jamal Mayers and Nikolai Kulemin were scratched for the Leafs.
  • Aaron Voros didn't play for New York.
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Marian Gaborik picks up two more assists, giving him points in all 8 games for the Rangers. (Getty Images)
Marian Gaborik picks up two more assists, giving him points in all 8 games for the Rangers. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
NY Rangers  (7-1-0) «1214
Toronto (0-6-1)0101
Three Stars
H. Lundqvist
NYR


Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .971
M. Staal
NYR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
I. White
TOR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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