Don Maloney scored twice and Mike Rogers had a goal and two assists to lead the New York Rangers to a 6-1 National Hockey League victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night in Madison Square Garden.
The defeat extended Toronto's winless road streak to 20 games (0-16-4), dating back to Jan. 31.
The Rangers controlled the game throughout, getting a season-high 49 shots on goal. The only one of 20 shots to elude Rangers goalie Ed Mio was Bill Derlago's shot on a power play with 4:40 remaining. By then, the Rangers had a 5-0 lead.
The Rangers got goals from Mikko Leinonen, Rogers and Maloney in the first period and from Mike Allison, Robbie Ftorek and Maloney in the third period. They might have reached double figures if not for some fine work in goal by Toronto's Michel Larocque.
Leinonen's goal came on a delayed penalty call against Toronto as he sent a 30-foot slap shot over the stick of Larocque. Leinonen set up Rogers' goal with a feed through traffic on a breakaway.
Maloney scored his 10th goal on a two-on-one break with Ed Johnstone; Allison put a rebound into an open net, and Ftorek scored from a scramble midway through the final period. Maloney's second goal also came after a scramble in front of Larocque.