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Rangers 4, Flyers 1

Rangers 4, Flyers 1: Brad Richards scored the go-ahead power-play goal midway into the third period and set up two other tallies as New York maintained its home dominance of Philadelphia by winning Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Preview: Flyers at Rangers

A pair of Metropolitan Division rivals meet in the postseason for the first time in 17 years when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Thursday. Both clubs enter the seven-game set with plenty of injuries - notably goaltender Steve Mason (upper body), who will miss Thursday's tilt after he was on the wrong end of a collision during Philadelphia's victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Preview: Hurricanes at Flyers

The Carolina Hurricanes have an opportunity to take a small triumph from their season finale when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. The Hurricanes can sweep the Flyers in their season series - something the franchise has not done since moving from Hartford. Carolina posted a 2-1 victory at home on Oct. 6, a 2-1 win in overtime at home on Nov. 5 and a 3-2 triumph at Philadelphia on Jan.

Flyers continue domination in Pittsburgh

Flyers continue domination in Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH -- The second-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins and third-seeded Philadelphia Flyers are on course to meet in the Eastern Conference semifinal round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and that has to be considered good news for the Flyers. Defenseman Mark Streit scored with 2:50 remaining in overtime as the Flyers won again at Consol Energy Center, beating the Penguins 4-3 on Saturday afternoon.

Preview: Flyers at Penguins

While the Pittsburgh Penguins are locked in as the Metropolitan Division champions, the Philadelphia Flyers can finish in a variety of different spots as the postseason nears. With a potential Eastern Conference first-round playoff meeting in the cards, the Keystone State rivals wrap up their regular-season series in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Flyers dropped the first meeting with the Penguins before rolling off three straight victories.

Islanders win shootout against Devils, Brodeu

Islanders win shootout against Devils, Brodeur NEWARK, N.J. -- It was the same old story for the New Jersey Devils on Friday night, although the final chapter in the career of goaltender Martin Brodeur could still take place Sunday afternoon. The New York Islanders went 3-for-3 in the shootout to emerge with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in a battle between teams with no chance of reaching the postseason.

Preview: Islanders at Devils

The New Jersey Devils will be spectators for the upcoming postseason due in large part to their inability to win in the shootout. After falling in the bonus format for the 12th time this season and NHL-record 16th straight dating back to the last campaign, the Devils look to rebound against the visiting New York Islanders on Friday. "Take one of our quotes from any point this year and apply it tonight because it's the same result," Cory Schneider said after New Jersey dropped a 2-1 decision to Ottawa on Thursday.

Rangers clinch home ice in first round

Rangers clinch home ice in first round NEW YORK -- It most assuredly was not a work of art. But the New York Rangers will take the result just the same. "I'm happy," center Brad Richards said, a few minutes after left winger Rick Nash broke a tie with 1:39 left in regulation to lead the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Islanders get first shutout in Montreal

Islanders get first shutout in Montreal MONTREAL -- Hard work paid off for a rookie-laden New York Islanders lineup. Facing an established and playoff-bound group in the Montreal Canadiens, the young Islanders made the most of their opportunities in a 2-0 win Thursday night at Bell Centre. Centers Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson, both first-year NHL players, scored for New York, which saw its fresh faces ready for any mistake Montreal offered up.

Preview: Flyers at Lightning

The Philadelphia Flyers and host Tampa Bay Lighting will meet on Thursday with plenty on the line despite already clinching spots in the postseason. The Flyers have won two straight and are even in points with Columbus for third place in the Metropolitan Division - two points behind the second-place New York Rangers. The Lightning will be without injured No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop as they try to make up a two-point deficit on second-place Montreal in the Atlantic Division.
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