Marner Paces Maple Leafs Over Rangers, 5-3

Mitch Marner scored a pair of 3rd period goals, and the Maple Leafs scored four goals in the period, to beat the Rangers, 5-3, Saturday night in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have won four straight. The Rangers are now 3-6-3 in their last 12 games.

Kevin Hayes and Neal Pionk each had a goal and an assist for the Blueshirts.

The game was tied, 1-1, entering the 3rd period. Andreas Johansson gave Toronto a 2-1 lead 1:37 into the period. Morgan Rielly then made it a two-goal lead, 3-1, 5:26 in.

Kevin Hayes scored his 10th goal of the season 68 seconds later, at 6:34, putting a Filip Chytil rebound in to make it 3-2. Midway through the period, Marner scored, off a pass from John Tavares, to make it 4-2 at 12:53.

Chris Kreider deflected a puck in, at 16:19, to make it a one-goal game again, 4-3. Marner’s empty-netter with :19 to play provided the final 5-3 margin.

Alexandar Georgiev got the start, and made 31 saves in the loss. Frederik Andersen stopped 25 of 28 shots and got the win.

Marner [2G, 1A] and Rielly [1G, 2A] each had three points for Toronto.

The Rangers [now 15-14-5, 35 pts] host the Flyers tomorrow night at The Garden.