NHL: Flyers Edge Rangers for Final Playoff Spot
The Philadelphia Flyers needed all three periods, overtime, and a shootout to secure the last ticket to the NHL Playoffs, which kick off on April 14. Danny Briere and Claude Giroux scored in the shootout to give the Flyers a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers after regulation and overtime ended tied at one goal each.
Jody Shelley opened the scoring for the Rangers, who forced a virtual winner-take-all match when they defeated the Flyers on Friday. New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist shut down Philadelphia for the most part of the match, but Matt Carle scored off a Jeff Carter assist to tie the match early in the third period. Briere scored on the first shot of the shootout but Pierre-Alexandr Parenteau responded for the Rangers to tie the scores. Giroux would, however, quickly give the Flyers back the edge and with Brian Boucher saving Olli Jokinen’s attempt, Philadelphia arranged a first-round meeting with second-seed New Jersey.
It was a heartbreaking season for the Rangers, who missed their first playoff since the 2003-2004 season. As for the Flyers, who were considered Stanley Cup materials before injuries slowed them down, they can now forget about the turbulent season that saw coach John Stevens getting fired and concentrate on the Devils.
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