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Rangers 5, Maple Leafs 3

NEW YORK — Chris Krei­der and Mika Zibane­jad scored in a 6-sec­ond span late in the first pe­riod and the New York Rangers earned a 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Krei­der and Zibane­jad each had a goal and an as­sist, Pavel Buch­nevich had a goal and two as­sists and Filip Chytil and Greg McKegg also scored for the Rangers. Rookie goalie Igor Sh­esterkin made 26 saves to win for the fourth time in five starts this sea­son.

Aus­ton Matthews had two goals and John Tavares also scored and added an as­sist for the Maple Leafs, who are in a tight race for a play­off spot in the Eastern Con­fer­ence.

Backup goalie Michael Hutchin­son, who had won his pre­vi­ous four starts, had 30 saves for Toronto. Starter Fred­erik An­der­sen left Mon­day’s loss to Florida with a neck in­jury. The Maple Leafs blew a 3-1 third-pe­riod lead and lost 5-3 to the Pan­thers.

Krei­der re­turned to the lineup af­ter miss­ing Mon­day’s loss to Dal­las. Krei­der was ac­ci­den­tally hit in the head by Zibane­jad’s knee in Saturday’s win at Detroit.

Krei­der, who will be­come an un­re­stricted free agent at the end of the sea­son, is a can­di­date to be traded at the league’s dead­line in a few weeks.

Tied 1-1 late in the first pe­riod, the Rangers scored two quick goals to stun the Leafs.

First, Krei­der won a draw in the Toronto zone and Zibane­jad ripped a wrist shot past Hutchin­son for his 21st of the sea­son at 17:18.

Bru­ins 2, Black­hawks 1, OT

CHICAGO — Char­lie McAvoy scored 1:19 into over­time, and Boston beat Chicago for its fifth straight vic­tory.

McAvoy fin­ished a pretty pass­ing se­quence for the de­fense­man’s first goal of the sea­son. David Kre­jci threw the puck out­side to a streak­ing Jake DeBrusk, who made a per­fect pass to McAvoy for the tap-in on the right side of the net.

The Black­hawks thought they had taken a 2-1 lead with 1:05 left in reg­u­la­tion when it looked as if Drake Cag­giula beat Jaroslav Halak for a short-handed goal. But it was waved off by the ref­er­ees af­ter Bru­ins de­fense­man Torey Krug tripped Olli Maatta for a penalty.

The crowd of 21,472 booed vo­cif­er­ously when the rul­ing was an­nounced.

Sean Ku­raly also scored for Boston, which was com­ing off a 4-0 vic­tory over Vancouver on Tues­day night. Halak made 21 saves.

Chicago wasted a ter­rific per­for­mance by Robin Lehner, who made 38 stops in his first start since Jan. 21.

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