Justin Holl made history in Toronto’s 4-0 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
With the opening goal of the game in the first period, Holl became the first rookie defenceman in Leafs history to score in each of his first two NHL games.
Holl’s goal came as a result of a turnover by Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh. The tally set the tone for the rest of the evening as the Leafs completely neutralized a New York-based squad for the second game in a row.
James van Riemsdyk converted a nice feed from Connor Brown to extend Toronto’s lead to 2-0 for his 20th goal of the season, reaching the milestone for the fifth time in his career, and fourth with the Leafs.
The Leafs put the game out of reach early in the second period when Patrick Marleau and Zach Hyman each found the net. Hyman’s goal chased Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the net in favour of backup Ondrej Pavelec. It marked the first time in Lundqvist’s career that the netminder was pulled in consecutive starts.
Curtis McElhinney stopped all 25 saves he faced for his second shutout of the season.
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