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Georgiev shines in career 55 save performance, ends Maple Leafs winning streak

The Toronto Maple Leafs were defeated by the New York Rangers on Sunday evening by a final score of 4-1.



Lucas Viveiros | Report

Sunday night at Madison Square Garden saw a New York Rangers goaltender… (and no it was not Henrik Lundqvist) carry his team with 55 saves on 56 shots to stop the Maple Leafs winning streak at four games.

Alexandar Georgiev, the only Bulgarian in the NHL celebrated his 23rd birthday on Sunday, and he was dialled in from puck drop, only giving up one goal on 56 shots.

Toronto also started their back-up goaltender in this one, giving Garret Sparks the second half of a back-to-back as per usual, but he didn’t have the greatest of nights.

The Leafs found themselves behind the eight ball early, surrendering the first goal of the game just 28 seconds in, when the hottest goalscorer in the NHL at the moment, Mika Zibanejad slotted home his 12th goal since January 11th on a rebound off the pad of Sparks.

Toronto went on the attack for the next 10 minutes, dominating in possession and scoring chances, before Rangers d-man Tony DeAngelo coughed the puck up to speedy winger Kasperi Kapanen. Kapanen would blow through the neutral zone with his quick feet and eventually fire a laser past Georgiev to even the game 1-1.

Under four minutes later, immediately after an expired Leafs power-play, the Rangers would zip down the ice on a four on three rush where Jimmy Vesey would pot home the goal to put New York back on top 2-1.

William Nylander had a great chance to once again tie the game up with under five minutes to play in the period, but he was able to beat Georgiev, but not the post in behind him.

Georgiev continued to stone the Leafs, shot after shot, chance after chance, as none of their offensive weapons could find a way to get one by the Bulgarian goaltender. As a result, the score would stay at 2-1 heading into the final period of play.

The third period would see a similar story continue, with the Leafs controlling the majority of the play, but not able to capitalize.

Then at 11:59 of the third, former Bruins d-man Adam McQuaid would wrist a floater on net from the blue-line, on a goal that Sparks would love to have back, as the Rangers extended their lead to two.

Toronto would pull their goaltender with just under three minutes to play, but they still couldn’t find a way to beat Georgiev, as New York would add an empty net goal courtesy Kevin Hayes, and win the game by a final score of 4-1.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Up next, the Leafs will travel to the rockies to battle it out with Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche.

Game time is set for 9:00pm from the Pepsi Center, and can be watched on TSN4.

More news from the ice

  • Alexander Georgiev finished the game two saves shy of the NHL record for saves by a goaltender on their birthday, which stands at 57, record by Al Rollins of the Chicago Blackhawks on October 9, 1955 against Toronto
  • The Leafs 21 shots in the first period are their most in an opening period of a road game since March 23, 2007 vs Buffalo
  • Nazem Kadri has 12 shots in the game
  • Before the game, the Maple Leafs activated Tyler Ennis from injured reserve, but he did not play
  • Zuccarello has 17 points in his last 11 games

Out of town scoreboard

Sunday, February 10

St. Louis 5 Nashville 4 (OT)

Detroit 2 Chicago 5

Colorado 1 Boston 2 (OT)

Winnipeg 3 Buffalo 1

Carolina 2 New Jersey 3

Minnesota 1 NY Islanders 2

Tampa Bay 5 Florida 2

More coverage to follow. Image from CBC. ■

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Raptors hold on for victory in Atlanta

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 122-117 on Tuesday.



The Toronto Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 122-117 on Tuesday.

A number of NBA teams played afternoon games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day All teams wore special warm-up tops to commemorate the civil rights icon.


Norman Powell led Raptors scorers with 27 points in 25 minutes of action off the bench. Fred VanVleet scored 20.

Pascal Siakam had 18 points and six rebounds. Marc Gasol had 14 points. Terence Davis scored 12 points. Kyle Lowry had 10 points and seven assists.

Trae Young recorded a double-double, he scored 42 points and had 15 assists. John Collins also recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards.

De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish scored 13 points apiece. Bruno Fernando scored 12 points.

Here are some Raptors highlights against the Hawks (which includes a number of three-pointers):

The Raptors host Atlantic division rival Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Featured photo from John Amis/Associated Press. ■

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Raptors tie franchise-high in points, beat Wizards

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 140-111 on Friday.



The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 140-111 on Friday.

The Raptors has seven players who scored double figures. Norman Powell led scorers with 28 points in 30 minutes off the bench.

Terence Davis played 24 minutes and scored 23 points, including five three-pointers. Marc Gasol put up his best performance of the season, he had 20 points and made six three-pointers.

OG Anunoby scored 18 points. Serge Ibaka had 15 points and eight rebounds. Pascal Siakam scored 12. Kyle Lowry had 11 points and eight assists.

Troy Brown Jr. led Washington with 22 points. Isaac Bonga recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards. Bradley Beal had a surprisingly quiet night against Toronto with only 14 points.

Ish Smith and Davis Bertans scored 12 points apiece. Anžejs Pasečņiks had 11 points.

The Raptors set a franchise record in three-point field goals made in a game with 22.

Here are some more interesting stats about the Raptors win:

Here are some Raptors highlights of the night:

Toronto concludes their back-to-back in Minnesota on Saturday when they take on the Timberwolves at Target Centre.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.

Featured image from Cole Burston/The Canadian Press. ■

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Team effort leads Raptors to victory in Oklahoma City

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-121 on Wednesday.



The Toronto Raptors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-121 on Wednesday.

Toronto had seven players who scored double figures. Norman Powell led scorers with 23 points in 27 minutes off the bench.

Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby scored 21 points apiece. Kyle Lowry had 17 points and eight assists. Marc Gasol returned to action and scored 15 points, Serge Ibaka had 15 as well.

Terence Davis had 12 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes.

The Raptors shot 61.2 per cent from the field, and 55.6 from the field.

Dennis Schröder led Thunder scorers with 25 points off the bench. Italian Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points.

Shai-Gilgeous Alexander had 21 points, six boards and six assists. Mike Muscala scored 17 points. Veteran Chris Paul recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 assists.

Here are some Raptors highlights of the night:

The Raptors begin a back-to-back on Friday when they play the Washington Wizards at Scotiabank Arena.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Featured image from Toronto Raptors. ■

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