Rangers blown out on home ice against Maple Leafs, lose 3rd game in last 4 tries

Rangers beaten down by Maple Leafs
Dec 12, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Vincent Trocheck (16) skates with the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs center Max Domi (11) and defenseman Conor Timmins (25) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner each scored twice, and veteran Martin Jones made 28 saves in his first start for Toronto as the Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Matthews added two assists and the Maple Leafs also got goals from Conor Timmins and Calle Jarnkrok in improving to 5-0-2 in their last seven games.

Dec 12, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Calle Jarnkrok (19) scores a goal against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports© Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto led 4-1 after 20 minutes but New York scored twice in the second period to narrow the deficit to one before Marner got his second of the night on a power play early in the third.

Blake Wheeler scored twice and Mika Zibanejad had a goal for the Rangers, who lost for the third time in four games.

Jones is backing up Toronto starter Ilya Samsonov, with Joseph Woll out due to an ankle injury. Jones came on in relief after Woll was hurt last Thursday against Ottawa, making nine saves on 10 shots for the win. The 33-year-old Jones, who has also played for Los Angeles, San Jose, Philadelphia and Seattle, was signed as a free agent last summer. He was playing for the AHL Marlies.

The Rangers were coming off a 4-1 home win over Los Angeles on Sunday night following road losses at Ottawa and Washington.

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