Rangers 6, Maple Leafs 6
TORONTO (AP) _ Wayne Gretzky scored with less than a minute remaining in regulation to lift the New York Rangers to a 6-6 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Gretzky bounced the puck off Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph and into the net at 19:22 of the third period with Rangers goalie Dan Cloutier on the bench for an extra attacker. Gretzky also had an assist to give him 147 points in 60 career games against the Maple Leafs.
Todd Harvey and Adam Graves each had two goals and an assist for the Rangers, while rookie Manny Malhotra had New York’s other goal. Rookie Marc Savard, who was recalled from Hartford of the AHL on Thursday, had four assists in his first game of the season.
Igor Korolev scored twice and had an assist for the Maple Leafs, while Derek King, Mike Johnson, Dimitri Yushkevich and Steve Thomas also scored. Mats Sundin added a pair of assists.
The game marked the return of defenseman Mathieu Schneider to Maple Leaf Gardens after being traded Oct. 14 for Alexander Karpovtsev. Schneider had two assists and Karpovtsev had one.
The Maple Leafs, who had lost their last eight games against the Rangers, haven’t beaten New York since Jan. 30, 1993, when Toronto won 3-1 at Maple Leaf Gardens.
The Leafs blew a 4-2 second-period lead in falling to 1-4-1 against Eastern Conference teams.
The Rangers scored more than three goals in a game for the first time this season. Entering Saturday’s contest, they were averaging only 1.5 goals per game.
Rangers starting goalie Mike Richter was replaced by Cloutier at the start of the third period after allowing four goals on 13 shots.