The New York Rangers got a pair of goals from Ryan Callahan in a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils that eliminated their division rivals from National Hockey League playoff contention.
Taylor Pyatt and Derek Stepan also had goals for the Rangers (24-17-4), who won their third straight game to pull even with the Ottawa Senators for the seventh playoff seed in the Eastern Conference at 52 points. The Rangers have three regular-season games remaining, starting tomorrow at the Florida Panthers.
“We are playing some of our most consistent hockey at an important time,” Rangers coach John Tortorella told reporters. “I don’t know if it’s because of where we are at in the standings, but I hope we continue it.”
The Devils fell to 17-18-10 and will miss out on the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second time in three years.
The Columbus Blue Jackets also continued their playoff push by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Ryan Johansen’s goal with one minute, 37 seconds remaining. The Blue Jackets (22-17-7) tied the Minnesota Wild for the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference, three points ahead of Detroit.
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