TORONTO (AP) – Bryan McCabe scored two power-play goals, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

McCabe scored on a two-man advantage in the first, and gave Toronto a 2-1 lead at 3:37 of the third. The veteran defenseman leads the NHL with 17 points on the power play.

Jaromir Jagr scored his league-leading 18th goal for the Rangers, who dropped to 1-3 on their five game road trip.

Jagr had a hat trick in Saturday’s victory over Pittsburgh, his former team.

Eric Lindros played New York for the first time since signing with Toronto over the summer. Lindros didn’t record a point, but had a physical game against his former team.

The Maple Leafs won two in a row for the first time since a four-game win streak from Oct. 11-20.

McCabe leads all NHL defenseman with 25 points. He’s made himself a strong candidate to play for Team Canada at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Defenseman Tomas Kaberle assisted on both of McCabe’s goals. McCabe’s one-timer gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 18:01 of the first.

Jagr called for the puck by tapping his stick on the ice before tying it at 1 at 6:14 of the second. Michael Nylander made pass from the behind the net to Jagr, who scored from in front of the net.

McCabe’s shot from the point went between goalie Kevin Weekes’ legs early in the third.

But Weekes, a Toronto native, made several impressive stops earlier in the game, finishing with 22 saves.

Ed Belfour also had a strong game with 27 saves.

The Rangers emptied their net and put out an extra skater with 40 seconds, but couldn’t tie it.

Notes: Because of the lockout and the Maple Leafs’ season sweep of the Rangers in 2003-04, New York hasn’t beaten Toronto since Jan. 13, 2003. … New York’s Fedor Fedorov’s missed the game with a swollen eye, reportedly the result of being punched at a Tampa Bay club. … Fedorov’s brother, Sergei, was traded from Anaheim to Columbus on Tuesday.

AP-ES-11-15-05 2201EST


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