Ge­orgiev’s helps Rangers cool Leafs

Santa Fe New Mexican - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — Af­ter his team al­lowed 56 shots on goal, Rangers coach David Quinn thought the de­fense was pretty good. He had Alexan­dar Ge­orgiev to thank for that. Ge­orgiev had a ca­reer-high 55 saves to lead New York over the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Sun­day night. Ge­orgiev had the sec­ond-most saves in a reg­u­lar-sea­son game in fran­chise his­tory. Mike Richter has the record with 59 on Jan. 31, 1991.

“He played out­stand­ing. He’s getting bet­ter and bet­ter,” Quinn said of his sec­ond-year goalie on his 23rd birth­day.

“It was a spe­cial birth­day,” Ge­orgiev said. “I tried not to con­cen­trate on the birth­day wishes. I knew I had an im­por­tant game in front of me. I’m very happy it ended the way it ended.”

Mika Zibane­jad, Jimmy Ve­sey and Adam McQuaid scored for the Rangers, who fin­ished their five-game home­s­tand at 2-2-1.

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