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Kessel, Van Riemsdyk shine as Leafs best Rangers

Apr 8, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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It seemed like the Phil KesselJames van Riemsdyk combo stepped out of the limelight when Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri were tearing it up. With Lupul out, it seems like the Toronto Maple Leafs’ other big duo is coming through, especially in a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers on Monday.

(That’s not to say Kadri has become irrelevant; he had a point tonight, too.)

Kessel scored two goals (including the game-winner midway through the third period) and an assist while JVR had one goal and a helper himself. That allowed Toronto to out-duel the Blueshirts despite another strong game from Rick Nash, who scored two of New York’s three tallies.

This win gives the Buds 48 points in 39 games, securing themselves fairly comfortably in fifth place in the East (which will likely mean that the Leafs will face either the Boston Bruins or Montreal Canadiens in round one of the playoffs).

This leaves the New York Rangers with an identical record to the New York Islanders at 19-16-4 for 42 points in 39 games. They’re still in the East’s top eight, but lost a chance to put heat on the Ottawa Senators for the sixth seed.

  1. pashi007 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Go Leafs! Finally some playoffs!!!!!

    • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      And against the Bruins or Habs, no less (well, hopefully, anyway). This season’s shaping up to have the best playoffs in ages. We’re gonna get to see some truly phenomenal matchups this year. =D

  2. islesjb - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    well done leafs

  3. jdrew506 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    As much as it pains me to say it, great job to the leafs winning this game and we need you to do it again on Wednesday.

  4. johnstone17 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Leafs speed caused alot of problems Defensively for the Rangers. Too many lapses in their own end.

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Fun game.

  6. desertfan - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    THANKS TO BURKE WE GOT KESSEL AND INTO THE PLAYOFFS -THEN IDIOTS AT THE NETWORK FIRE HIM????

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