Skip to content

Rangers keep pace with Islanders after slipping by Leafs

Apr 10, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

rangersleafsgetty Getty Images

Phil Kessel had his second straight two-goal game against the New York Rangers, but this time, his Toronto Maple Leafs fell short of the win.

The Rangers kept pace with the New York Islanders by notching their 44th point of the season with Wednesday’s 3-2 (SO) victory, but remain in eighth place because of the regulation/overtime win tiebreaker:

7. Islanders: 20-16-4 for 44 points, 17 ROW
8. Rangers: 20-16-4 for 44 points, 16 ROW

Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin powered the win by producing one-goal, one-assist nights each, with Hagelin breaking a 10-game goal drought in the process.

The Rangers, Islanders and perhaps even the Winnipeg Jets might also be interested to chart the decline of the sixth place Ottawa Senators. While the resilient Sens currently hold that spot with 44 points because they have a game in hand, they’ve also lost five games in a row.

The Buds fell short of a victory, but with 49 standings points, they seem firmly in fifth place. Depending on how the Northeast Division race shakes out, that could mean their first playoff series in ages could come against either the Boston Bruins or (gulp) the Montreal Canadiens.

Latest Posts
  1. Oshie returns to Blues lineup for Game 2

    Apr 19, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

    T.J. Oshie Getty Images

    He’s missed three games with an upper-body injury.

  2. WATCH LIVE: Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues (Game 2)

    Apr 19, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Niklas Hjalmarsson, Alexander Steen AP

    The Blackhawks look to head home with a split.

  3. Flyers’ Mason out of Game 2, Emery to start again

    Apr 19, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

    Steve Mason AP

    He’s aiming to return for Game 3 on Tuesday.

  4. Lucic fined $5,000 for spearing DeKeyser

    Apr 19, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

    Milan Lucic Getty Images

    He avoided a suspension for the act.

  5. Palat skates at practice, game-day decision for Game 3

    Apr 19, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

    Ondrej Palat AP

    He missed Game 2 with an injury.

  6. Avs players rallying around Roy’s support, gutsy tactics

    Apr 19, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

    Patrick Roy Getty Images

    Pulling the goalie with three minutes went over very well.

  7. PHT Morning Skate: Bouncing back from comebacks Game 2 theme

    Apr 19, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jonathan Toews, Ryan Miller, Jay Bouwmeester AP

    Holding a lead is hard to do in the playoffs.

  8. Modano: Stars need more from Benn, Lehtonen and Seguin

    Apr 19, 2014, 1:29 AM EDT

    Jamie Benn, Mike Modano AP

    Ryan Getzlaf, Frederik Andersen and Corey Perry “are winning that battle,” he said.

  9. Alfredsson praises ‘outstanding’ Howard after shutting out B’s

    Apr 18, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

    Howard AP

    “It was one individual effort that made the difference today.”

  10. Video: Lucic spears DeKeyser from behind

    Apr 18, 2014, 10:27 PM EDT

    Lucic spear

    There was no penalty on the play.

  11. Detroit stuns favored Bruins with late goal to take Game 1

    Apr 18, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT

    Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall, Patrice Bergeron AP

    Jimmy Howard had a shutout in the goaltending duel.

  12. Playoff viewership way up through first two days

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT

    nbcsn_acronym_logo_horizontal_finalsmall

    Naturally, the Blackhawks-Blues triple-overtime game was very popular.

Featured video

Detroit must exploit Boston's young D
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. T. Oshie (4501)
  2. E. Malkin (4055)
  3. M. Duchene (3896)
  4. B. Bishop (3258)
  5. H. Zetterberg (2974)
  1. O. Palat (2831)
  2. V. Tarasenko (2718)
  3. S. Mason (2612)
  4. D. Backes (2591)
  5. R. Getzlaf (2496)