Rangers fall to Maple Leafs in OT despite Kid Line’s strong night

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TORONTO — The Kid Line and Igor Shesterkin couldn’t bash it each themselves.

The Maple Leafs’ Mitchell Marner scored 19 seconds into overtime aft Timothy Liljegren had forced the other play by scoring with 4:11 near successful regularisation to manus the Rangers a 3-2 nonaccomplishment Wednesday nighttime astatine Scotiabank Arena, wherever lone 1 of the visitor’s lines showed up to play. Maple Leafs goalie Ilya Samsonov was minutes distant from earning his archetypal nonaccomplishment successful regularisation astatine location this season, but his squad pulled done astatine the past minute.

The Rangers’ Gerard Gallant is the benignant of manager who is ever going to thrust his stars, and Wednesday night, the Kid Line of Filip Chytil, Alexis Lafreniere abd Kaapo Kakko was sparkling. The different 3 units? Not truthful much.

Chytil scored some of the Rangers’ goals successful regulation, and the Czech halfway and his linemates were the astir effectual portion connected the ice. At this point, the nickname of the Kid Line is simply a spot misleading, due to the fact that they’ve looked similar men among men for rather immoderate time.

Mitchell Marner scored the game-winning extremity   connected  Igor Shesterkin during the Rangers' 3-2 nonaccomplishment   to the Maple Leafs.Mitchell Marner scored the game-winning extremity connected Igor Shesterkin during the Rangers’ 3-2 nonaccomplishment to the Maple Leafs.AP

With the Rangers trailing by a extremity aft the archetypal period, Chytil scored doubly successful the 2nd play to propulsion them ahead. To knot the people astatine 1-1 conscionable implicit 2 minutes into the second, Chytil sent a speedy changeable disconnected the faceoff — virtually arsenic the puck was dropped — to drawback some his gully adversary David Kampf and Samsonov disconnected guard.

His 2nd goal, however, wouldn’t person been imaginable without his linemates.

Kakko archetypal batted down Marner’s clearing effort to support the puck successful the violative portion earlier the Finnish helping got the puck backmost for the Rangers. After finessing it astir Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl, Kakko fed Chytil, who clapped a one-timer past Samsonov for the 2-1 people astatine 6:31.

Filip Chytil gets congratulated by Alexis Lafreniere aft  scoring 1  of his 2  goals successful  the Rangers' loss.Filip Chytil gets congratulated by Alexis Lafreniere aft scoring 1 of his 2 goals successful the Rangers’ loss.USA TODAY Sports

The information that it came against Toronto’s apical enactment — Marner, Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting — was adjacent much dazzling.

The Rangers’ young trio has present totaled 4 goals successful the 2 games since they were reunited. The Kid Line posted 2 Monday nighttime against the Panthers, with Lafreniere signaling the archetypal disconnected a scrappy play astatine the nett and Chytil scoring connected an bare nett to further pad the Rangers’ blowout win.

“We’ve played a batch of games, me, Fil and Kaapo,” Lafreniere said Monday aft helium scored his archetypal extremity since Dec. 7. “We cognize wherever we are connected the ice. I deliberation our crippled down debased successful their portion is astir apt our spot and we person to get determination and support the puck determination and play our shifts there. That’s erstwhile we get our chances and yet goals, sometimes.”

Filip Chytil looks to support  the puck distant  from Timothy Liljegren, who scored the game-tying extremity   for the Maple Leafs, during the Rangers' 3-2 overtime loss.Filip Chytil looks to support the puck distant from Timothy Liljegren, who scored the game-tying extremity for the Maple Leafs, during the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss.Getty Images

Coincidentally, it was besides the 2nd crippled successful a enactment successful which the Kid Line led the Rangers successful even-strength crystal clip astatine 12:00, according to Natural Stat Trick. It was wide they were the lone portion that was clicking and Gallant rightfully rewarded them.

Gallant agreed with the conception that helium feels helium tin ever spell backmost to the Kid Line, which the manager did erstwhile it became wide the lineup was getting a spot stale. The question present is: When volition they gain capable of his spot to beryllium consistently deployed arsenic a top-six unit?

The Rangers did springiness up a extremity wrong the archetypal 2 ½ minutes of the crippled for the 2nd clip successful the past 3 contests, erstwhile Julien Gauthier got caught excessively acold implicit and Maple Leafs guardant Pontus Holmberg was sprung for a breakaway, which helium buried with his backhand past Shesterkin to opening the scoring connected the night.

The extremity marked the eighth clip this play the Rangers person allowed a extremity successful 5 minutes oregon little aft puck drop, including the 2 they gave up to the Devils connected Dec. 12 wrong the archetypal 4:46 of the game.