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Rangers look to avenge OT loss with new coach

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

Renney's job.

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

10 points.

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.



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