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Rangers roll into Philly looking to clinch top spot in Eastern Conference

Marian Gaborik. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Rangers (23-11-5) will roll into Philadelphia to take on the Flyers (46-24-9) on Tuesday night, looking still to clinch the number one seed in the Eastern Conference after a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

All New York needs is one point in its final three games to finish in the top spot in the conference. The Blueshirts had won four in a row and six of seven before falling to the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. Netting the lone goal for the Rangers was sniper Marian Gaborik, who recorded his 40th goal of the season early in the first period.

Gaborik reached the 40-goal mark for the third time in the NHL-all in his time in the Blueshirts, as the winger used his speed to beat Boston cager Tim Thomas. The former Vezina trophy winner saved his best efforts for last denying Artem Anisimov and Derek Stephan of opportunities during the course of the game.

Now the Rangers turn their attention to the Flyers; as the last time these two teams met was on February 11 in the 5-2 victory, as captain Ryan Callahan netted a hat trick in the Blueshirts seventh straight victory over their rivals.

Also recording goals was Gaborik and Anisimov, as both snipers extended point streaks at the time. The Rangers/Flyers game is set to air on the MSG-2 network with face-off set for 7:00 p.m.

Written on April 2, 2012
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