NYR
51-24-7
PHI
47-26-9

Rangers sweep away Flyers and clinch No. 1 in East

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 80; Road Game No. 40 Rangers' Record: 51-22-7
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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
Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:25NYR Ryan McDonagh (7) ASST: Marian Gaborik (35), Brad Richards (40) 1 - 0 NYR
11:30NYR Brian Boyle (10) ASST: Ryan McDonagh (25), Ruslan Fedotenko (10) 2 - 0 NYR
18:02NYR PPG - Artem Anisimov (15) ASST: Dan Girardi (23), Brandon Dubinsky (23) 3 - 0 NYR
18:38NYR PPG - Ryan Callahan (29) ASST: Brad Richards (41), Derek Stepan (34) 4 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
12:55PHI Jakub Voracek (18) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (39), Claude Giroux (62) 4 - 1 NYR
19:09NYR PPG - Marian Gaborik (41) ASST: Anton Stralman (16), Marc Staal (3) 5 - 1 NYR
19:53PHI PPG - Wayne Simmonds (28) ASST: Claude Giroux (63), Jakub Voracek (30) 5 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
10:46PHI Scott Hartnell (37) ASST: Andreas Lilja (5), Claude Giroux (64) 5 - 3 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Marian Gaborik
1st
Marian Gaborik
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:11
Henrik Lundqvist
2nd
Henrik Lundqvist
G
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 25-27
PIM: 0PP: 11-12
SV%: .925SH: 1-1
Claude Giroux
3rd
Claude Giroux
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 4
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 27:13
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:48NYR Marc Staal  Holding against  Brayden Schenn
11:06NYR Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Zac Rinaldo
11:06PHI Zac Rinaldo  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
12:07NYR Ryan Callahan  Roughing against  Wayne Simmonds
15:08NYR Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Jody Shelley
15:08PHI Jody Shelley  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
16:18PHI Jaromir Jagr  Hooking against  Artem Anisimov
18:02PHI Marc-Andre Bourdon  Hooking against  Artem Anisimov
18:02PHI Pavel Kubina  Hi stick - double minor against  Artem Anisimov
2nd Period
10:05PHI Brayden Schenn  Boarding against  Marc Staal
10:47NYR Brad Richards  Interference against  Kimmo Timonen
13:35NYR Carl Hagelin  Interference against  Maxime Talbot
17:11PHI Maxime Talbot  Hi-sticking against  Brad Richards
19:47NYR Dan Girardi  Holding against  Eric Wellwood
3rd Period
01:58PHI Wayne Simmonds  Roughing against  Stu Bickel
01:58NYR Stu Bickel  Roughing against  Wayne Simmonds
01:58NYR Stu Bickel  Roughing against  Wayne Simmonds
06:03NYR Carl Hagelin  Too many men/ice - bench
13:25NYR Derek Stepan  Hi-sticking against  Jaromir Jagr
shots by period
PeriodNYRPHI
1st1113
2nd813
3rd514
Total2440
Team Stats
CategoryNYRPHI
Power Plays3/61/8
Hits3139
Faceoff Wins2927
Giveaways410
Takeaways73
Blocked Shots209
Penalty Minutes2824
  • NY RANGERS
  • PHILADELPHIA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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5D. GirardiD0111226:27
8B. PrustL000057:50
10M. GaborikR1113020:11
17B. DubinskyC0112011:41
18M. StaalD01-11219:48
19B. RichardsC0202219:21
21D. StepanC01-11219:59
22B. BoyleC1003019:15
24R. CallahanR10-21222:26
26R. FedotenkoL0113012:55
27R. McDonaghD1102028:13
32A. StralmanD0100016:35
34J. MitchellC000003:55
41S. BickelD000046:44
42A. AnisimovC10-12018:03
62C. HagelinL0012214:20
71M. RuppL000051:02
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist3740.92560:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5B. CoburnD0002019:39
6A. LiljaD0110013:22
10B. SchennC0003214:14
13P. KubinaD00-20414:22
14S. CouturierC0001014:06
17W. SimmondsR1016218:43
19S. HartnellL1005021:16
24M. ReadR0002020:53
25M. CarleD00-21022:56
27M. TalbotC0000214:53
28C. GirouxC0303027:13
36Z. RinaldoC000256:14
43M. BourdonD0013212:12
44K. TimonenD0112024:44
45J. ShelleyL000053:56
47E. WellwoodL000107:15
68J. JagrR0001217:15
93J. VoracekR1108018:52
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30I. Bryzgalov1924.79257:37