New York Rangers defeat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1

Michael Del Zotto knew long ago that games No. 8 and 9 on the Rangers' schedule would be important dates to him.

Game 8 is tonight in Toronto, and it's one for Del Zotto to enjoy. The 19-year-old product of Stouffville, Ontario - a hop down the King's Highway from Air Canada Centre - will be back home playing in front of full rows of family and friends in the rink where he grew up watching the Maple Leafs.

"It's something basically I've been looking forward to my who...

TORONTO - If the Stanley Cup were won in October, the Rangers might be looking at a repeat. Instead, for the second straight season, they are stockpiling points in the season's first month, drawing comparisons to the best-starting teams in club history - and, most recently, masking some middling play with win after win after win.

For the second straight game, a less-than-tidy performance produced a gleaming result in the standings as the Rangers, facing a Maple Leafs te...