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Kessel, Leafs get closer to berth

Right wing Phil Kessel celebrates the first of his two goals for the Maple Leafs, who are 11 points from clinching a playoff spot.

Associated Press

Right wing Phil Kessel celebrates the first of his two goals for the Maple Leafs, who are 11 points from clinching a playoff spot.

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.

at Maple Leafs 1 2 1 4
Rangers 0 1 2 3

First1, Toronto, van Riemsdyk 16 (Liles, Kessel), 11:03. PenaltiesColborne, Tor (boarding), 6:53.

Second2, 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). Penaltiesvan Riemsdyk, Tor (tripping), 12:32; Callahan, NYR (holding), 18:32.

Third5, 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. PenaltiesDel Zotto, NYR (high-sticking), 6:59. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 7-13-14—34. Toronto 8-8-12—28. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 2; Toronto 1 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 17-14-3 (28 shots-24 saves). Toronto, Reimer 15-5-4 (34-31). A19,437 (18,819). T2:30.

at Bruins 3 2 1 6
Hurricanes 0 0 2 2

First1, Boston, Peverley 5 (Seidenberg, Ference), 3:51. 2, Boston, Marchand 15 (Campbell, Jagr), 7:58. 3, Boston, Marchand 16 (Jagr, Seidenberg), 17:20. PenaltiesNone.

Second4, Boston, Ference 3 (Seidenberg, Campbell), 3:57. 5, Boston, Caron 1 (Peverley, Thornton), 10:29. PenaltiesChara, Bos (tripping), 12:10; E.Staal, Car (slashing), 15:57.

Third6, Carolina, Dwyer 7 (Bellemore, Tlusty), 10:03. 7, Carolina, Bowman 3 (Nash, J.Staal), 10:48. 8, Boston, Horton 13 (Hamilton, Lucic), 16:56. PenaltiesNash, Car (high-sticking), 5:46. Shots on GoalCarolina 18-12-12—42. Boston 9-12-15—36. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 0 of 1; Boston 0 of 2. GoaliesCarolina, Peters (4 shots-2 saves), Ellis 4-8-1 (7:58 first, 32-28). Boston, Rask 17-6-4 (42-40). A17,565 (17,565). T2:33.

Flames 0 2 1 3
at Avalanche 0 1 0 1

FirstNone. PenaltiesD.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.

Second1, Colorado, Malone 1 (Barrie, O'Reilly), 1:45. 2, Calgary, Cervenka 6 (Giordano, Horak), 10:36. 3, Calgary, Cammalleri 12 (Horak, Begin), 16:53. Penaltiesvan der Gulik, Col (tripping), 3:06; Bordeleau, Col (charging), 8:26; Backlund, Cal (holding), 12:43.

Third4, Calgary, Tanguay 11 (Stempniak), 16:41 (sh). PenaltiesLandeskog, Col (hooking), 4:12; Cervenka, Cal (hooking), 15:24; Cervenka, Cal (hooking), 17:39. Shots on GoalCalgary 10-17-7—34. Colorado 8-18-14—40. Power-play opportunitiesCalgary 0 of 6; Colorado 0 of 4. GoaliesCalgary, MacDonald 5-6-1 (40 shots-39 saves). Colorado, Giguere 2-4-2 (34-31). A13,444 (18,007). T2:28.

Kessel, Leafs get closer to berth 04/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 1:16am]

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