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Kulemin, Toskala help Maple Leafs spoil Tortorella's debut in shootout

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TORONTO (Ticker) -- New coach, similar problems for the New York

Rangers.

Nikolai Kulemin scored the lone goal in shootout and Vesa

Toskala denied all three attempts as the Toronto Maple Leafs

spoiled John Tortorella's debut with a 2-1 victory over the

Rangers on Wednesday in the conclusion of a home-and-home

series.

Kulemin also collected an assist on Niklas Hagman's goal in

regulation and Toskala made 31 saves before the bonus format for

the Maple Leafs, who went 3-0-1 against the Rangers this season

despite not scoring in either the first or second periods in any

of those contests.

Defenseman Wade Redden netted his first goal in over four months

and All-Star Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots for New York,

which has lost 11 of its last 13 contests (2-7-4).

Tortorella, who won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning

in 2004, replaced Tom Renney on Monday - just one day after the

Rangers lost to the Maple Leafs in overtime at Madison Square

Garden.

Kulemin, who was denied on a breakaway in the extra session,

opened the shootout by beating Lundqvist with a quick snap shot

to the stick side.

The early advantage was all Toronto needed thanks to Toskala,

who stopped Markus Naslund, captain Chris Drury and Nikolai

Zherdev to secure the win.

One of the Rangers' prize acquisitions this offseason, Redden

has been the target of some animosity from fans because of his

lack of production. The 31-year-old scored his first goal in 58

games with 9:34 remaining in the middle session.

On a man advantage, Redden took a pass from fellow blue-liner

Michal Rozsival at the right point and fired a slap shot past

Toskala for his third goal of the season and first since October

10.

Hagman, who scored the overtime game-winner in Sunday's 3-2

triumph over the Rangers, leveled the contest at 1-1 with 9:39

left in the third period. He took a pass from Mikhail

Grabovski, deked a New York defender and fired a wrist shot over

Lundqvist's glove.

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