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New York Rangers can clinch playoff spot after 4-3 win over Flyers

April 11, 2010

By defeating the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 on Friday night in their last home game of the regular season, the Rangers are one win away from completing a stunning turnaround and qualifying for the playoffs after being 7 points out with 10 games to go in the season. They went on a 7-1-1 (wins-losses-overtime losses) streak to tie the Flyers in the standings, who they’ll play again in the regular-season finale this afternoon. Win, and they’ll face the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. Lose, and they’ll miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-2004 season. Here are some photos from Friday night’s game (©Madison Square Garden, Inc.):

Olli Jokinen of the Rangers and Kimmo Timonen of the Flyers fight for the puck:

Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell and New York’s Michael Del Zotto:

The Rangers celebrate after Rangers captain Chris Drury scores a tying goal in the first period:

A Flyers player, Ranger Wade Redden, and the puck:

New York’s Jody Shelley celebrates scoring a go-ahead goal, his first goal as a Ranger:

Rangers leading scorer Marian Gaborik and Flyers goalie Brian Boucher:

Flyers goalie Brian Boucher looks back as a puck passes through his legs on the Rangers’ third goal of the game:

Rangers fans cheer on the home team in the playoff-like atmosphere at Madison Square Garden:

Henrik Lundqvist and Rangers fans celebrate after defeating the Flyers:

The Rangers team salutes the crowd at center ice following the win:

As is customary after each year’s last regular-season home game, the entire Rangers team gives their game-worn jerseys to fans in a “Blueshirts Off Our Backs” ceremony:

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