During their surprising start the Rangers have shown a number of positive things. They go into the corners and get the puck, they work hard on almost every shift and they create a lot of scoring chances. One thing they haven’t done well is stay out of the penalty box, having been whistled for 141 minor penalties so far, and that is what hurt them in their 2-1 loss to Toronto.

Brian McCabe took advantage of the Rangers’ infractions to score twice on the power play, the winning goal coming with just over sixteen minutes left in the third period. The Rangers thought they had tied the game later in the third period, only to see the goal disallowed as the referee ruled it had been touched by a high stick.

The loss while disappointing has plenty of positives to build on. Toronto is one of the hardest places to win on the road and if not for some bad penalties, the Rangers could have gotten at least a point. With a quarter of the season over, they are on pace for 100 points and a playoff spot, achievements that seemed unattainable when the season began.

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