Reuters - Sun, 28 Mar 08:00:00 2010
Nikolai Kulemin scored 39 seconds into overtime to cap a three-goal Toronto fight-back as the Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 3-2.
Toronto rookie netminder Jonas Gustavsson made 36 saves for his seventh consecutive win. He has not lost since the NHL resumed after the break for the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
"It was the first time I beat (another) Swede in this league," Gustavsson told reporters after the win over New York netminder and compatriot Henrik Lundqvist. "The more you win, the more confident you get.”
John Mitchell, Tomas Kaberle and Kulemin all scored for Toronto, the bottom team in the Eastern Conference, after New York had taken a 2-0 first period lead on goals by P.A.
Parenteau and Brandon Dubinsky.
Kaberle levelled the score at 2-2 with 3:35 to play in the third. Kulemin then sealed the victory for the home side when he scored from an assist by Kaberle and Mikhail Grabovski, who also had an assist on Mitchell's goal.
"With four minutes left, you have to just throw it at the net hoping it's going to go in or somebody's going to get a rebound," said Kaberle, who finished with a goal and an assist.
"It's nice to beat teams like that. They're battling for their lives.”
The 10th-place Rangers were hoping to close the gap in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with a win, but the overtime loss left them two points behind Atlanta (ninth) and four behind Boston (seventh) and Philadelphia (eighth) with seven games remaining in their regular season.