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Rangers aim for fifth straight win against Maple Leafs

NY Rangers (10-2-1) at Toronto (4-3-3), 7:00 pm EDT

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The New York Rangers apparently are learning

why defense wins games.

Supported by several stellar defensive efforts of late, the

Rangers look to extend their winning streak to five games when

they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

The Rangers have held opponents to two goals or less in each of

their last five games, a stretch in which they are 4-1-0. They

have yielded three or more tallies just three times this season,

including their 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on

Thursday.

Despite mild struggles, the Maple Leafs have shown some

offensive punch, scoring three or more goals in three of their

last four games. They are fresh off a 6-5 shootout victory over

the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday and hope for a similar spark

in order to produce their second winning streak of the season.

Thanks to new faces such as Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman,

Nikolai Kulemin, John Mitchell and defenseman Luke Schenn, the

Maple Leafs are two points ahead of last season's pace after 10

games.

In the win over New Jersey, Schenn - the fifth overall pick in

last June's draft - notched his first career point with an

assist. Toronto, which entered that contest ranked sixth in the

league with an average of 32.6 shots per game, peppered

four-time Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur with 48 shots.

The Maple Leafs are 1-2-2 at home, while the Rangers have gone

4-0-1 on the road.

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