TORONTO, April 4 (UPI) -- Pavel Bure scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 9:05 remaining Thursday night, lifting the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Rangers have won three straight for the first time since late January, but they likely will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season. New York is five points behind Montreal for the East's final playoff spot with four games remaining.
Bure and Eric Lindros scored in the first period before the Leafs battled battled back to tie it early in the third.
But Bure scored his 31st goal just past the midway point of the third, snapping a 2-2 tie.
Rangers rookie goaltender Dan Blackburn finished with 35 saves.