The Maple Leafs have won four straight over the Rangers, averaging 5.00 goals in those games. Toronto has gone 7-3-2 in their last 12 road games against the Rangers, holding the Rangers to one power-play goal over those 12 games.
On Saturday, John Tavares experienced the rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens for the first time as a visitor.
On Sunday, he will make an appearance in a place he is highly familiar with from his years as part of the rivalry between the New York Rangers and Islanders when the Maple Leafs continue their season-high six-game road trip at Madison Square Garden.
When Tavares entered free agency last summer after nearly a decade with the Islanders, some Rangers fans dreamed of him switching sides. Instead, Tavares returned home and join the Toronto Maple Leafs -- a move that's worked for both sides.
Tavares is tied for the second-most goals after scoring his 33rd goal 2:17 into overtime off a pass from Mitch Marner as the Maple Leafs ran their winning streak to four with a 4-3 victory in the opener of the trip. He has three goals in his last three games and his 33 tallies are tied with Buffalo's Jeff Skinner.
"Mitch fed it into the perfect spot so I was able to kind of already start to plan ahead before I even got it," Tavares said after getting the game-winner against Carey Price. "I know he was going to challenge hard and it's the bait whether you want to be patient and try and go around him." >> Read More
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