NEW YORK — Mats Zuccarello scored in the final minute after assisting on two goals to help the Rangers extend their winning streak to nine games with a 4-3 victory against the Maple Leafs on Sunday.
At 14-2-2 for 30 points, the Rangers are off to their best 18-game start to a season, by wins and points, in the franchise's 89 years, the NHL said.
The Maple Leafs had their three-game winning streak end. They lost in regulation for the first time in six games.
Zuccarello scored at 19:04 of the third period when he beat goalie Jonathan Bernier from the slot after collecting a rebound in front of the net. The puck was available for Zuccarello because Bernier couldn't control defenseman Ryan McDonagh's initial shot.
McDonagh scored in the first period. The Rangers also got goals from centers Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan, who scored on a shot from center ice that went through Bernier's five-hole when he couldn't get his legs closed tightly enough on the puck.
Around the league: Flyers defenseman Mark Streit is out at least the next six weeks because of pubic plate detachment. He was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday. The pubic plate "constitutes a central hub of mechanical linkage between the abdominal wall and the lower limbs," the website Sports Medicine Imagining says.
First Period—1, Toronto, Holland 3 (Froese), 17:57. Penalties—Toronto bench, served by Kadri (too many men), 4:21; Girardi, NYR (hooking), 9:41.
Second Period—2, N.Y. Rangers, McDonagh 3 (Zuccarello, Girardi), :44. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 5 (Kreider, Staal), 13:55. 4, Toronto, Lupul 7 (Froese, Phaneuf), 17:38. Penalties—None.
Third Period—5, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 6 (Zuccarello, Klein), 3:37. 6, Toronto, Phaneuf 2 (Bozak), 5:15. 7, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 9 (McDonagh), 19:06. Penalties—Kreider, NYR (cross-checking), 7:34; Parenteau, Tor (tripping), 9:21; Brassard, NYR (high-sticking), 15:36. Shots on Goal—Toronto 12-9-5—26. N.Y. Rangers 8-11-11—30. Power-play opportunities—Toronto 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 2. Goalies—Toronto, Bernier 0-7-1 (30 shots-26 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Raanta 4-0-0 (26-23).