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Rangers' Phillip DiGiuseppe gets rave reviews in place of injured Chris Kreider

The Rangers' Phillip DiGiuseppe, left, and the Flyers' Travis Sanheim compete for the puck during the second period on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Credit: AP/Seth Wenig

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Phillip DiGiuseppe is no Chris Kreider, but the 26-year-old Toronto native, who signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Rangers last summer as a free agent and spent the first half of the season with AHL Hartford, got the first crack at plugging the giant hole on the Rangers’ top forward line, created when Kreider suffered a broken foot Friday.

“I love his pace,’’ coach David Quinn said Monday of DiGiuseppe, who started Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Philadelphia in Kreider’s spot at left wing with No.