Jack Campbell made 26 saves in his first start for the Leafs.
With the team's 69th second-period goal of the season, Auston Matthews cut the Rangers lead to 3-2 with just over three minutes left on just the eleventh Leafs shot of the period.
Toronto also acquired goalie Jack Campbell, who is a former first-round draft pick, in exchange for forward Trevor Moore and two third-round draft picks, one of which is conditional.
Kyle Clifford grew up a Maple Leafs fan in his hometown of Ayr and now he will get to wear the Blue and White after a trade last night with the Kings. He has a 24-9-6 record this season with a 2.87 goals-against average and.910 save percentage in 41 appearances.
In 51 career games in the National Hockey League, he has five goals and 13 points while playing in a depth role for Toronto.
Hutchinson certainly didn't deserve all the blame.
Nylander gave his team its first lead with 54.8 seconds remaining in the period just as another Florida penalty expired, redirecting a slick feed from Kapanen for his 25th.
First, Kreider won a draw in the Toronto zone and Zibanejad tore a wrist shot past Hutchinson for his 21st of the season at 5:18 PM. Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl tried poking the puck free from Kreider, who eluded Holl's efforts and backhanded a shot past Hutchinson.
The fourth Rangers goal, which came moments after Matthews made it 3-2, was tough to look at.
However the Leafs fell short in their comeback endeavor, as McKegg notched an empty netter assisted by Buchnevich, who recorded his third point of the game to solidify a 5-3 win for the Blueshirts. "We've just got to keep this thing moving along". "But then to not be alive and ready right off the drop of the next one, that's just making life real hard on your goalie".
Since regular starter Andersen went down with his injury, it became evident that the rumoured trade to acquire a backup and upgrade on goaltender Michael Hutchinson, was necessary if the Leafs wanted to consider the postseason.
Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott (illness) returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's 2-1 overtime win against Ottawa, while winger Kasperi Kapanen was also back following a one-game banishment to the press box for being late to Friday's practice.
"He went through that whole process", Andersen said of concussion testing. The team said Tuesday he is day to day with a neck injury.
"The second goal, it's a bang-bang play off a face-off, we'll give them that one", Keefe said.
Get the Star's Sports Headlines email newsletter for a daily round-up of the latest big news. They are now 10 points out of the 8th spot in the West, so it is looking more and more like they will be missing the postseason for the 2nd year in a row, after reaching it the previous six seasons.
Matthews almost scored his 41st at the other end, but his shot rattled the post behind Miller.
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