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Rangers 2, Flyers 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:21 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 2, Flyers 1
Philadelphia Flyers 1, New York Rangers 2

NEW YORK (AP) -Ryan Callahan and Henrik Lundqvist helped the New York Rangers wrap up a playoff spot - and took most of the drama out of their season finale.

Callahan had a goal and an assist in the first period, and Lundqvist made 37 saves in New York's 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

"It's more excitement than relief," Callahan said. "We've been working hard and it's exciting to get that final push and finally get a spot."

The Rangers, set to close the regular season Sunday in Philadelphia, are fighting Montreal for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens, tied with the Rangers with 93 points, will finish Saturday night against Pittsburgh. The seventh seed will open the playoffs against Washington, and the eighth seed will face Boston.

"The first thing is to get in the playoffs," said coach John Tortorella, 11-7-2 since replacing fired Tom Renney on Feb. 23. "Congratulations to the players. They've have fought through it the last couple of months, the ups and downs with a lot of things going on around the team."

Early in the third, Lundqvist preserved the Rangers' one-goal lead with a spectacular diving glove stop on Daniel Carcillo. Lundqvist won for the 37th time, tying his career high set in 2006-07 and also matched last season.

"I am excited, but I'm also proud of what we accomplished here," Lundqvist said. "It's a been a roller coaster, but it's always like that. It's a long season. We've been through a lot. It's a new experience to go through a coaching change."

Markus Naslund also scored for New York, 8-1 in its last nine home games. Daniel Briere scored for Philadelphia, and Martin Biron made 29 saves.

At Boston, minutes after Montreal clinched a playoff spot by forcing overtime, Mark Recchi scored his second goal of the game to give the Bruins the victory.

Boston's Zdeno Chara tied it at 4 early in the third, and Recchi - won also had two assists - won it at 2:42 of overtime.

Phil Kessel scored his 33rd goal, and Patrice Bergeron added a goal and two assists. Matt D'Agostini scored twice for Montreal, and Mathieu Schneider and Alex Kovalev added goals.

At San Jose, Calif., Al Montoya made 40 saves for his third NHL victory, and Phoenix prevented league-leading San Jose from clinching the Presidents' Trophy.

Scottie Upshall and Peter Mueller each had a goal and an assist, and Ed Jovanovski and Zbynek Michalek also scored for last-place Phoenix.

Travis Moen scored for San Jose.

At Raleigh, N.C., Jason Pominville scored twice, Ryan Miller made 26 saves and Buffalo - eliminated from the playoff race when the Rangers beat Philadelphia - snapped Carolina's winning streak at nine.

Derek Roy converted a penalty shot, and Matt Ellis and Jochen Hecht added goals. Eric Staal scored his 40th goal for Carolina.

At Atlanta, David Booth scored with 4:25 left to lift Florida, eliminated from playoff contention when Montreal took Boston to overtime.

Nathan Horton and Cory Stillman also scored for Florida. Defenseman Zach Bogosian scored twice for Atlanta.

At Tampa, Fla., Brooks Laich had two goals, David Steckel and Mike Green also scored and Washington secured the second seed in the East.

Washington set a franchise record with 108 points and tied a team mark set in 1985-86 with its 50th win. The Capitals have won 11 straight against Tampa Bay.

Steven Stamkos set a Tampa Bay rookie record with his 22nd goal, and Matt Pettinger also scored.

At Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin picked up two assists to lengthen his lead in the NHL scoring race and the Penguins stayed in contention for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, while assuring New York of finishing last in the NHL.

Malkin has 112 points, four more than Washington's Alex Ovechkin.

The Penguins improved to 17-3-4 under interim coach Dan Bylsma and tied Carolina and Philadelphia with 97 points in the race to finish fourth in the East.

Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis, Philippe Boucher, Matt Cooke, Bill Guerin and Tyler Kennedy also scored, and Mathieu Garon made 28 saves, allowing only Frans Nielsen's power-play goal.

At Ottawa, Zach Parise and Brendan Shanahan scored in the shootout, and New Jersey clinched the Atlantic Division and third in the East.

Martin Brodeur made 28 saves for his NHL-record 556th win, and Brian Rolston and Brian Gionta scored in regulation. Dany Heatley and Jarkko Ruutu scored for Ottawa.

At Detroit, Ville Koistinen and Jason Arnott scored in the shootout to complete Nashville's comeback from a two-goal deficit.

Nashville tied St. Louis for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with a game left for the Predators. St. Louis has two games remaining.

Arnott had a goal and an assist, Scott Nichol and J.P. Dumont also scored, and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves. Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen scored for Detroit.

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Roberto Luongo made 20 saves for his career-high eighth shutout, and Ryan Kesler scored on a second-period power play for the Canucks, who moved two points ahead of idle Calgary atop the Northwest Division.

At Denver, Mike Ribeiro resorted to trickery in the final shootout attempt, skating in backward and flipping a shot into the net off Peter Budaj to lift Dallas.

Fabian Brunnstrom and Steve Begin scored in regulation for Dallas, and Chris Stewart and John-Michael Liles countered for Colorado.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:52
NYR
Markus Naslund (24) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan Callahan (18), Chris Drury (33)
1 - 0 NYR
12:06
NYR
Ryan Callahan (22) Tip-in - ASST: Derek Morris (13), Chris Drury (34)
2 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
09:14
PHI
PPG - Daniel Briere (10) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Richards (49), Kimmo Timonen (40)
2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
04:19
NYR
Derek Morris  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Scott Hartnell
04:19
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Derek Morris
05:45
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Hooking against  Daniel Briere
06:54
PHI
Simon Gagne  Hooking against  Marc Staal
16:10
PHI
Mike Knuble  Holding against  Marc Staal
18:41
NYR
Derek Morris  Tripping against  Daniel Briere
2nd Period
07:57
NYR
Marc Staal  Holding against  Simon Gagne
3rd Period
10:05
NYR
Markus Naslund  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Biron
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 31TOI: 59:13
Saves: 29EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .935SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 33 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .974SH: 1 - 1