2013-04-09 01:55 PM
Toronto remained fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, moving four points ahead of Ottawa with its fifth win in six games.
Derek Stepan pulled New York into a 3-3 tie at 9:00 of the third period, but Kessel put Toronto back ahead 39 seconds later.
The Rangers remain level with the 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.
Boston's Brad Marchand scored two goals and Tuukka Rask stopped 40 shots as the Bruins scored a season-high in goals to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 while winning for the fourth time in five games.
Rich Peverley, Andrew Ference, Jordan Caron and Nathan Horton each added a goal, and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg established a career-high with three assists for Boston, which 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.
Radek Dvorak scored two goals at Anaheim California and Jonas Hiller made 27 saves after missing four games as the Ducks downed the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 to move closer to the second Pacific Division title in franchise history and first since its 2006-07 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.
At Vancouver, British Columbia, Ryan Kesler scored in his return to the lineup after a 20-game absence and Cory Schneider made 19 saves as the Canucks moved four points up on Minnesota in the Northwest Division standings.
Kesler returned from a foot fracture he sustained in his first game back after shoulder and wrist surgeries last summer.
Schneider picked up his fifth shutout of the season, tying Phoenix's Mike Smith and Nashville's Pekka Rinne for first in the NHL.
Calgary left wing Mike Cammalleri broke a second-period deadlock and Joey MacDonald stopped 39 shots to help the Flames snap a 13-game road winless streak with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Roman Cervenka also scored and Alex Tanguay added a short-handed goal to wrap up the win for the Flames in a game that featured the bottom two teams in the NHL.