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Rapid Reaction: Leafs 4, Rangers 2


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At a glance: A speedy Toronto team snapped the Rangers' five-game winning streak with a 4-2 win at Madison Square Garden. League-leading scorer Phil Kessel finished with two assists as the Maple Leafs ended their two-game skid.

Home sick: The Leafs have handed the Rangers their only two home regulation losses of the season. Toronto snapped a 1-1 draw with three third-period goals to bury the Blueshirts 4-2 in their home opener at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 27.

High-scoring second: Down 3-0 after surrendering a pair of second-period goals to the Leafs, the Rangers surged back with two of their own. Anisimov beat goaltender Jonas Gustavsson glove-side from the high slot at 13:00 and Marian Gaborik tallied on the power play 1:32 later to pull the Rangers within a goal.

Phil’ing it up: Picking up a secondary assist on Franson’s first-period goal, Kessel reclaimed the NHL’s scoring lead. Adding an extra assist in the second, Kessel recorded his 34th point of the season (16 goals, 18 assists) to move past Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux who has 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists). Kessel's teammate Joffrey Lupul is not far behind. With his second-period goal, Lupul tallied his 31st point of the season (13 goals, 18 assists).

Hard hit: Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer left the ice after suffering a devastating blow from Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf with 5:18 to play. Sauer appeared to hit his head along the boards on the way down and had to skate off to the trainer's room. Fellow defenseman Michael Del Zotto was slow to get up less than two minutes later after sliding headfirst into the end-boards. Del Zotto returned to the bench, however.

Richards is rolling: With a helper on Gaborik’s team-leading 13th goal of the season, Brad Richards extended his point streak to six games. Richards, who leads the team in scoring with 23 points, has four goals and six assists during that span.

Franson scores first: Toronto took a 1-0 lead on Leafs defenseman Cody Franson's blast at 6:01 of the first period. Franson’s hard slapshot -- his second goal of the season -- appeared to glance in off Rangers forward John Mitchell in front of the net.

Prust phenomenon: The Rangers are 7-0-0 all-time when tough guy Brandon Prust is assessed a fighting major in the first two minutes of the game. The feisty winger missed the marker by only five seconds Monday, dropping the gloves against Jay Rosehill at 2:05.

Report: Boogaard had CTE: According to a report in the New York Times, former Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment. Boogaard passed away at age 28 in May after an accidental overdose of alcohol and painkillers.

Up next: Rangers vs. Lightning, Thursday at 7 p.m.