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Lundqvist, Rangers ready for another postseason run

New York clinches playoff berth behind elite goalie, home success

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

The New York Rangers started out the season winning 16 of 21 games before enduring a two-month stretch in which they didn't win consecutive games. They haven't been the most consistent team this season, but they haven't fallen out of the top three in the Metropolitan Division at any point.

With a 4-2 win at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, the Rangers clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth straight season; the last time they made the playoffs for at least six consecutive seasons was when they qualified for 10 straight from 1977-78 to 1986-87.

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Rangers clinch playoff berth, defeat Blue Jackets

New York advances to sixth straight postseason; McDonagh left after first period with undisclosed injury

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

Rangers clinch playoff berth

NYR@CBJ: Rangers win to clinch playoff berth

4/4/16: The Rangers celebrate clinching their sixth straight playoff berth as the clock winds down in a 4-2 victory against the Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS -- The New York Rangers had no time or reason to do much celebrating after a 4-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday clinched a berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The status of captain Ryan McDonagh for the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden is in question.

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Rangers defenseman McDonagh leaves game with injury

New York captain left in first period against Columbus Blue Jackets @NHLdotcom

New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh sustained an upper-body injury in the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday and did not return.

McDonagh, who entered Monday as the Rangers' leader in ice time per game (22:33), has 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 72 games this season. The injury left the Rangers with five defensemen for the remainder of the game.

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Lundqvist starts for Rangers vs. Blue Jackets

New York, 0-2-1 in its past three games, still trying to clinch playoff berth

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

RANGERS (43-26-9) at BLUE JACKETS (31-39-8) 

TV: 7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-O, NHL.TV

COLUMBUS -- The New York Rangers will clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in any fashion Monday at Nationwide Arena.

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