Ryan McDonagh, Brian Boyle, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Callahan all scored in the first period and the New York Rangers clinched the top seed in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference with a 5-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Rangers (51-22-7) are tied for best in the NHL at 109 points with the Vancouver Canucks. New York is 11 points ahead of the second-seeded Boston Bruins in the conference and is assured of finishing atop the standings for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
After the Rangers took a 4-0 first-period lead, Marian Gaborik tallied his 41st goal of the season with 51 seconds left in the second period to give the Rangers a 5-1 lead at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell scored for the Flyers.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, who beat the Bruins 5-3 last night, have 104 points to lead the Flyers (46-25-9) by three points in the race for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
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