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Petr Nedved scored two goals, including the game-winner with 17 seconds left in overtime to give the surging New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brian Leetch set up all three goals for the Rangers, who are now tied with Boston for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Things are turning around," Leetch said. "And bounces are starting to go our way."

The Leafs had an early 2-0 lead with goals by Mike Johnson and Derek King. Brian Leetch started New York's comeback at 14:41 of the first period. After scoreless second period, Nedved tied the game 5:55 into the third period. In overtime the Rangers had a rare power-play and Nedved wristed a pass from Leetch past Glen Healy for the victory.

"I didn't think it was going in," said Nedved. "It took a long time to get there and I thought it was blocked in front. Fortunately, it wasn't the case, and it snuck through."

Mike Richter in the Rangers' net played a strong game making 12 saves in the first period alone and 24 in the game.

"It could have been 4-0 in the first six minutes," Leetch said. "But Mike really held us in there. He has stolen four points for us over the last two games."

New York is unbeaten in the last six games (5-0-1).

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