NEW YORK – After his team allowed 56 shots on goal, Rangers coach David Quinn thought the defense was pretty good.
He had Alexandar Georgiev to thank for that.
Georgiev had a career-high 55 saves to lead New York over the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Sunday night. Georgiev had the second-most saves in a regular-season game in franchise history. Mike Richter has the record with 59 on Jan. 31, 1991.
“He played outstanding. He’s getting better and better,” Quinn said of his second-year goalie on his 23rd birthday.
“It was a special birthday,” Georgiev said. “I tried not to concentrate on the birthday wishes. I knew I had an important game in front of me. I’m very happy it ended the way it ended.”
Asked on NBC Sports Network how he would celebrate the rest of his birthday, he said, “Eat a lot of carbs.”
Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey and Adam McQuaid scored for the Rangers, who finished their five-game homestand at 2-2-1.