Leafs gaining confidence game by game

Phil Kessel scores one of his two goals last night against New York Rangers goalie Henrik...

Phil Kessel scores one of his two goals last night against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Kessel's pair gives him four goals this week against the Rangers and 14 on the season, good for a share of the overall team scoring lead with Nazem Kadri. (Reuters)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 PM ET

NEW YORK - The deeper they go into the season, the more the Maple Leafs believe they can compete with anyone they may meet over the next month or more in the Eastern Conference.

Some nights, better than others.

The seemingly playoff-bound Toronto squad couldn’t finish off a home-and-home sweep of the New York Rangers here on Wednesday night as a second-period surge by their Manhattan hosts led to a 3-2 shootout loss. But at least they escaped with an important point as just eight games remain in the shortened season.

The Leafs’ shootout woes continued as they fell to 0-5 in the gimmick when they failed to score a goal on Henrik Lundqvist. At the other end, Mats Zuccarello was the only Ranger to beat James Reimer and it was just enough.


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