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Talbot wins again, leads Rangers over Maple Leafs
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New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (33) stops a shot on the goal by Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk (21) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
December 23, 2013, 10:19 pm

NEW YORK (AP) Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the New York Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night.

Zuccarello and Stepan scored in the first two rounds, and Talbot stopped Nazem Kadri in the third to end it. Kadri scored a disputed goal with 1:24 left in regulation to force overtime.

Jonathan Bernier was exceptional for Toronto, making 42 saves through overtime and allowing only J.T. Miller's goal 7:04 into the third period. The Maple Leafs played their third straight shootout and lost for the second consecutive time. They are 2-5-2 in their last nine.

It looked as though Miller's goal would stand up as the winner, but Kadri changed that. David Clarkson took two whacks at the puck at the left post, and Talbot appeared to cover it, but Kadri poked it in under Talbot's glove.

The play went to video review and the goal was ruled good just 10 seconds after the Rangers killed a penalty.

Talbot, starting over slumping No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist for the second straight game, bounced back from the late goal and improved to 8-2 in his first NHL season. He made 24 saves Sunday in a 4-1 win over Minnesota and helped New York finish its team-record, nine-game homestand 3-4-2.

Miller, recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Thursday, scored his second of the season when he came off the bench, streaked down the slot, and took a crisp pass from Chris Kreider from behind the net.

Toronto nearly grabbed the lead just over four minutes into the third when Nikolai Kulemin was stopped in front and then had another drive hit the right post, slide along the goal line, but stay out. The no-goal call was confirmed by video review.

Bernier kept the Maple Leafs in it, especially during the second period when the Rangers had a 22-5 edge in shots. New York was dominant again in the middle frame one night after a 17-5 advantage against Minnesota when the Rangers scored twice.

Talbot had little to do at the other end, going long stretches without facing a puck. The Maple Leafs had a brief power play that was sandwiched in between a pair of advantages for the Rangers.

Toronto received two power-play advantages in the first period and held a 10-9 edge in shots during the scoreless frame.

Bernier got the starting nod from Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle two nights after he replaced James Reimer, who was pulled on Saturday against Detroit after giving up three goals on 12 shots in the first period. Bernier made 25 saves in relief, but Toronto was beaten in a shootout.

NOTES: Talbot made back-to-back starts two other times this season but not on consecutive days. ... Rangers D Marc Staal took a hard skate Monday morning, while recovering from a concussion, and could be nearing a return. Staal missed his eighth game since he was struck in the head by the arm of New Jersey's Reid Boucher on Dec. 7. ... Reimer had started three straight games for the first time this season before Monday.

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