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New York Rangers NYR 4 1 0 5
24 SHOTS 40
29 FACEOFFS 27
31 HITS 39
28 PIM 24
3/6 PP 1/8
4 GIVEAWAYS 10
7 TAKEAWAYS 3
20 BLOCKED SHOTS 9
       

Rangers sweep away Flyers and clinch No. 1 in East

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 80; Road Game No. 40 Rangers' Record: 51-22-7
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 road win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The Rangers are tops in the East for the first time since Mark Messier led them to their last Stanley Cup championship 18 years ago. The Rangers, who lead the overall NHL standings with 109 points, are assured of home-ice advantage until at least the Stanley Cup finals.

The Rangers are atop the East thanks to a stunning series sweep of the Atlantic Division-rival Flyers. They went 6-0 against Philadelphia for the first time in 40 years.

Ryan McDonagh and Brian Boyle also scored to help the Rangers storm to a 4-0 lead. Marian Gaborik added his 41st goal, and Henrik Lundqvist earned his career-best 39th victory.

The Rangers have ridden the All-Star Lundqvist all the way to the top, and he was sensational again in the clincher. It was Rangers defenseman Marc Staal who knocked the puck past him for the first Philadelphia goal. Staal kicked the puck with his left skate under Lundqvist's right leg in the second to make it 4-1. Jakub Voracek got credit for the goal.

Lundqvist solidified his Vezina Trophy credentials with 37 saves in his milestone victory.

Ilya Bryzgalov was a sparkling 10-2-1 in March, but he sat out the previous three games because of a chip fracture in his right foot. In his return, he had Flyers fans wishing he missed one more.

McDonagh took Gaborik's feed from behind the net and scored his seventh goal of the season 6:25 in. Boyle followed with his 10th, and Anisimov and Callahan both scored on the power play for a 4-0 lead that quieted an oddly sparse crowd for Philadelphia.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
The Rangers completed a sweep of their season series against the Flyers (6-0-0). It is only the second time in franchise history the Blueshirts swept the season series against the Flyers (1971-72, 6-0-0), and is the first time New York swept the road series in Philadelphia since 2006-07 (4-0-0). The Rangers outscored the Flyers, 24-11, including a 10-4 advantage in the third period. The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Flyers to eight games, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Gaborik 2. Lundqvist 3. McDonagh


THE BIGGER PICTURE
Since the NHL went to the current playoff format in 1993, only two teams have finished No. 1 in the East and gone on to win the Stanley Cup. They were the 1994 Rangers and John Tortorella's 2004 Tampa Bay team. That is surely a very good omen right now.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (28:13)
Shots -- Three players tied (3)
Hits -- Girardi (6)
Blocks -- Staal, Anisimov (3)
Takeaways -- Richards (2)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (23)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT PHILADELPHIA
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Dubinsky, Boyle, Fedotenko.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Artem Anisimov
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
Dan Girardi Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Prust/Dubinsky Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
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