NHL playoffs: How did Thursday’s games affect standings?

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Ryan Callahan won it for New York with an overtime wrister past Dan Ellis. “I almost killed (Anton) Stralman,” in the celebratory pile-up, Callahan told reporters afterward. At the moment, the Rangers are tied with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders on points, but hold seventh place because of tiebreakers. That would get them a matchup against either the Boston Bruins or Montreal Canadiens. Ottawa Senators: Another overtime winner, this one from Sergei Gonchar, clinched a berth for the Sens and set the Eastern Conference playoff field. They’re in sixth place, thanks to the game in hand they have over the Rangers and Islanders, which would pit them against the Washington Capitals—the team they beat on Thursday. UP St. Louis Blues: With a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames, St. Louis moved into fourth place in the Western Conference. That would give them home-ice advantage in the first round against the Los Angeles Kings. Detroit Red Wings: A 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars means that the Wings control their own destiny. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-04-25/nhl-playoffs-2013-standings-scenarios-eastern-conference-matchups-ny-rangers

New York Rangers eliminate New Jersey Devils from playoff race

The extra rest has helped Lundqvist stay sharp. He told coach John Tortorella he won’t ever ask out of the lineup. “It’s like the playoffs have been going on for a couple of weeks,” Lundqvist said. “It’s fun to be out there. I don’t want to sit on the bench.” The Devils won’t get a chance to defend their conference title. New Jersey had won two straight — including 6-2 on Saturday against Florida — following a 10-game skid (0-6-4). “We pride ourselves on being there every year,” forward Stephen Gionta said. “Unfortunately, we’re not. It definitely hurts. The organization prides itself on winning and being in the playoffs every year. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-04-21/nhl-playoffs-2013-new-york-rangers-eliminate-new-jersey-devils

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013: Ottawa Senators, NY Rangers Clinch Final Two Eastern Conference Spots

However, defensive breakdowns and miscues enabled the Hurricanes to draw even. In the third period, the red hot Jiri Tlusty gave the Hurricanes the lead with his second of the evening. The Rangers seemed primed to lose the game but luck was on their side. Brad Richards fired a shot from the point that caromed off the boards and hit goaltender Dan Ellis. The puck ricocheted off of Ellis’ skate and went into the net to tie the game at three. In overtime, the Hurricanes took over and created a number of chances. However, on a counterattack, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan raced to a loose puck on the boards and fired from a bad angle; the shot flew past Ellis and gave the Rangers their ticket to the playoffs. The Senators received good news upon hearing the top defender Erik Karlsson would return to the lineup for their game against the Washington Capitals. The Senator immediately had an impact as his point shot was redirected in for the 1-0 lead. Washington’s streaking Alex Ovechkin would level the marker but Ottawa would win the game when Sergei Gonchar scored 48 seconds into overtime. source: http://www.latinospost.com/articles/17573/20130426/nhl-stanley-cup-playoffs-2013-ottawa-senators-ny-rangers-clinch.htm

NHL on NBC: Devils’ Brodeur to sit out against Rangers

“It would’ve been fun to have that challenge. But at the end of the day it doesn’t really mean anything for us. It’s still playoff position for them,” Brodeur told The Star-Ledger . “If it meant something, I was going to play, but it doesn’t. “Getting booed for two hours for no reason, I don’t know if I was really up for it. If it meant something, I didn’t mind.” The Devils, last year’s Eastern Conference champions and Stanley Cup finalists, will not compete in the 2013 playoffs. With that in mind, there is the prospect of change to the Devils’ roster in the off-season. The 40-year-old Brodeur will be watching what happens in New Jersey, particularly when it comes to unrestricted free agents who may not be coming back for 2013-14. The Rangers, however, are heading to the playoffs. They currently sit eighth in the East, and could be looking at a potential first-round match-up against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the top team in the conference. source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/26/nhl-on-nbc-devils-brodeur-to-sit-out-against-rangers/


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