" We're proud of the method we fought back," he stated. "Coming into the third, we weren't dissuaded. The method these groups play-- high-powered offences-- we understood we were going to get our opportunities."
The Maple Leafs outshot the Rangers 48-38. Toronto is 2-5-2 in the 2nd video game of back-to-back getaways and struck the 40-game mark at 21-14-5, compared to 26-12-2 at this point a year ago.
In Mikheyev's absence, 23-year-old Adam Brooks made his NHL debut. The Winnipeg native played in 171 regular season and championship game for the AHL Toronto Marlies before playing in his very first NHL game.
He discovered late Friday night that he was going to play. His parents had the ability to make it in from Manitoba to enjoy his debut.
"It was a day I will always remember," he stated. "It was a remarkable experience."
The Toronto Maple Leafs discovered out what life is going to be like without defenceman Jake Muzzin, the only Stanley Cup winner on their lineup.
Matthews also remarked Mikheyev's lack will leave a hole. Matthews admires the way the 25-year-old Russian has actually pertained to Toronto, learned a brand-new language and fit in with his strong two-way play.
The Maple Leafs could have utilized a few of Mikheyev's checking capability along with Muzzin's stinginess in the protective end as the Rangers turned Saturday's game into a run-and-gun affair.
The Rangers held leads of 3-1 early in the 2nd period and 4-2 after 40 minutes.
"Playing from behind is difficult," Keefe said. "We haven't done that quite as a group here of late. Now it's been 3 games in a row, and that's not a great dish for us. It's not a great dish for anyone."
New York's Brett Howden and Ryan Strome sandwiched objectives around one from Maple Leafs forward William Nylander in the 2nd.
Strome, with his 2nd, and Mika Zibanejad did the exact same in the 2nd period around Matthews' very first of 2.
"There was a buy-in tonight. For us to come in here on the road against a really great group, in a really hard structure to play in, and bring out two points is huge for us," said Rangers forward Chris Kreider.
When he shot high with Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev down, Matthews missed a remarkable possibility in the late going. But Matthews redeemed himself with a slapper that evened the video game with 53 seconds staying in guideline time.