Phil Kessel scored twice to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Monday to open an important home-and-home series between the Eastern Conference rivals.
Toronto (22-13-4) remained fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, moving four points ahead of idle Ottawa with their fifth win in six games.
Derek Stepan pulled New York into a 3-3 tie at 9 minutes of the third period, but Kessel put Toronto back ahead 39 seconds later. The Rangers (19-16-4) remain tied with the idle New York Islanders for seventh in the Eastern Conference with 42 points.
James van Riemsdyk and Ryan O’Byrne also scored for Toronto.
Rick Nash had the other two goals for New York.
BRUINS 6, HURRICANES 2
In Boston, Brad Marchand scored two goals and Tuukka Rask stopped 40 shots as Boston scored a season-high in goals while winning for the fourth time in five games.
Rich Peverley, Andrew Ference, Jordan Caron and Nathan Horton each added a goal, while defenseman Dennis Seidenberg established a career-high with three assists for Boston, who moved a point behind Montreal in the Northeast Division.
Patrick Dwyer and Drayson Bowman scored for the Hurricanes, who lost for the 12th time in 13 games, 11 of them coming in regulation.
Carolina have allowed four or more goals in 10 of their past 14 games.
DUCKS 2, OILERS 1
In Anaheim, California, Radek Dvorak scored two goals and Jonas Hiller made 27 saves after missing four games because of an illness as Anaheim moved closer to their second Pacific Division title in franchise history and the first since their 2006-2007 Stanley Cup championship season.
The Ducks lead Pittsburgh by one point for the NHL’s second-best overall record and trail Chicago by three with eight games remaining.
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim’s captain and leading scorer, missed his third straight game because of a leg injury.
Defenseman Nick Schultz ended a 58-game goal drought and Devan Dubnyk stopped 36 shots for the Oilers, who have lost three straight after a season-best five-game winning streak.
CANUCKS 2, COYOTES 0
In Vancouver, Ryan Kesler scored on his return to the lineup after a 20-game absence and Cory Schneider made 19 saves as Vancouver moved four points up on idle Minnesota in the Northwest Division standings.
Monday’s other result:
‧ Flames 3, Avalanche 1