NY Rangers (31-23-7) at Toronto (22-26-12), 7:30 pm EST
TORONTO (Ticker) — The New York Rangers hope a coaching change
can produce a different result as they visit the Toronto Maple
Leafs on Wednesday in the back half of a home-and-home series.
The Rangers salvaged a point in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss to
the Maple Leafs because defenseman Michal Rozsival netted the
tying goal with 40 seconds left. It wasn’t enough to save Tom
Niklas Hagman scored exactly three minutes into the extra
session for Toronto, which handed New York its 10th loss in 12
contests. With a playoff spot slipping away, the Rangers
replaced the laid-back Renney with hot-tempered John Tortorella.
The 2004 Stanley Cup winner, Tortorella captured a pair of
division titles and reached the playoffs four times during his
six seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tortorella, however, was fired following the 2007-08 campaign
after guiding the Lightning to the worst record in the Eastern
New York led the Atlantic Division throughout the first half of
the season, but has slipped to sixth in the Eastern Conference
standings and trails the division-leading New Jersey Devils by
Toronto, which is 12 points out of the final playoff spot in the
East, had lost three straight and five of their previous six
contests before the overtime win at Madison Square Garden.