|PHI||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
|NYR||2||0||(0 - 0)||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.
|Markus Naslund (24) ASST: Ryan Callahan (18), Chris Drury (33)|
1 - 0 NYR
|Ryan Callahan (22) ASST: Derek Morris (13), Chris Drury (34)|
2 - 0 NYR
|PPG - Daniel Briere (10) ASST: Mike Richards (49), Kimmo Timonen (40)|
2 - 1 NYR
|Derek Morris Unsportsmanlike conduct against Scott Hartnell|
|Scott Hartnell Unsportsmanlike conduct against Derek Morris|
|Michal Rozsival Hooking against Daniel Briere|
|Simon Gagne Hooking against Marc Staal|
|Mike Knuble Holding against Marc Staal|
|Derek Morris Tripping against Daniel Briere|
|Marc Staal Holding against Simon Gagne|
|Markus Naslund Interference on goalkeeper against Martin Biron|
|SA: 31||TOI: 59:13|
|Saves: 29||EV: 28 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .935||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 38||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 37||EV: 33 - 33|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .974||SH: 1 - 1|