TORONTO — Phil Kessel scored twice Monday night to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the Rangers to open a home-and-home series between the Eastern Conference rivals.
Toronto, chasing its first playoff berth since 2003-04 remained fifth in the conference, four points ahead of idle Ottawa.
Derek Stepan pulled New York into a 3-3 tie at 9:00 of the third period, but Kessel put Toronto back ahead 39 seconds later.
The Rangers remained tied with the idle Islanders for seventh in the East with 42 points.
Game highlights: Brad Marchand scored twice and Tuukka Rask stopped 40 shots, leading the host Bruins past the Hurricanes 6-2. … Mike Cammalleri broke a second-period tie and Joey MacDonald stopped 39 shots, helping the Flames snap a 13-game road winless streak with a 3-1 victory over the Avalanche.
Crosby update: Penguins star Sidney Crosby, whose jaw was broken by a shot on March 30, remains on a liquid diet. The league's top scorer is sidelined indefinitely and has not been cleared to return to practice.
Recovery and honor: Former NHL player Paul Henderson says he has responded well to leukemia treatment. Henderson, 69, is battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The Canadian says his wife encouraged him to join a clinical trial in the United States. On Monday, he received the Order of Hockey in Canada for his contributions, along with Mark Messier and coach Dave King.
Around the league: The Kings activated forward Dustin Penner; he missed four games with a lower-body injury. … Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin is out for the season with a torn knee ligament.
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First—1, Toronto, van Riemsdyk 16 (Liles, Kessel), 11:03. Penalties—Colborne, Tor (boarding), 6:53.
Second—2, Toronto, O'Byrne 2 (Kadri, MacArthur), 11:28. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Nash 16 (Stepan), 14:55. 4, Toronto, Kessel 11 (Phaneuf, Franson), 19:18 (pp). Penalties—van Riemsdyk, Tor (tripping), 12:32; Callahan, NYR (holding), 18:32.
Third—5, N.Y. Rangers, Nash 17 (Moore, Eminger), 2:50. 6, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 14, 9:00. 7, Toronto, Kessel 12 (Bozak, van Riemsdyk), 9:38. Penalties—Del Zotto, NYR (high-sticking), 6:59. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Rangers 7-13-14—34. Toronto 8-8-12—28. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Rangers 0 of 2; Toronto 1 of 2. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 17-14-3 (28 shots-24 saves). Toronto, Reimer 15-5-4 (34-31). A—19,437 (18,819). T—2:30.
First—1, Boston, Peverley 5 (Seidenberg, Ference), 3:51. 2, Boston, Marchand 15 (Campbell, Jagr), 7:58. 3, Boston, Marchand 16 (Jagr, Seidenberg), 17:20. Penalties—None.
Second—4, Boston, Ference 3 (Seidenberg, Campbell), 3:57. 5, Boston, Caron 1 (Peverley, Thornton), 10:29. Penalties—Chara, Bos (tripping), 12:10; E.Staal, Car (slashing), 15:57.
Third—6, Carolina, Dwyer 7 (Bellemore, Tlusty), 10:03. 7, Carolina, Bowman 3 (Nash, J.Staal), 10:48. 8, Boston, Horton 13 (Hamilton, Lucic), 16:56. Penalties—Nash, Car (high-sticking), 5:46. Shots on Goal—Carolina 18-12-12—42. Boston 9-12-15—36. Power-play opportunities—Carolina 0 of 1; Boston 0 of 2. Goalies—Carolina, Peters (4 shots-2 saves), Ellis 4-8-1 (7:58 first, 32-28). Boston, Rask 17-6-4 (42-40). A—17,565 (17,565). T—2:33.
First—None. Penalties—D.Jones, Col (hooking), 3:18; Bordeleau, Col (roughing), 7:22; Zanon, Col (delay of game), 7:46; Stajan, Cal (hooking), 10:54; Sarich, Cal, minor-major (slashing, fighting), 13:44; Hejda, Col, minor-major (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 13:44.
Second—1, Colorado, Malone 1 (Barrie, O'Reilly), 1:45. 2, Calgary, Cervenka 6 (Giordano, Horak), 10:36. 3, Calgary, Cammalleri 12 (Horak, Begin), 16:53. Penalties—van der Gulik, Col (tripping), 3:06; Bordeleau, Col (charging), 8:26; Backlund, Cal (holding), 12:43.
Third—4, Calgary, Tanguay 11 (Stempniak), 16:41 (sh). Penalties—Landeskog, Col (hooking), 4:12; Cervenka, Cal (hooking), 15:24; Cervenka, Cal (hooking), 17:39. Shots on Goal—Calgary 10-17-7—34. Colorado 8-18-14—40. Power-play opportunities—Calgary 0 of 6; Colorado 0 of 4. Goalies—Calgary, MacDonald 5-6-1 (40 shots-39 saves). Colorado, Giguere 2-4-2 (34-31). A—13,444 (18,007). T—2:28.