Rangers end New Jersey play-off hopes with win on Sunday.
The New York Rangers took a step closer to clinching a play-off spot on Sunday, and ended the hopes of their rivals in the process.
Following their 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, they eliminated the Devils from the Eastern Conference play-off race. Ryan Callahan scored twice, while Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to secure the win.
The Rangers are three points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets with three games remaining, and have now won three consecutive games to take their record to 8-2-1 in their last 11 as they hit form just at the right time.
However, it is the end of the road for New Jersey who are now mathematically eliminated from a Stanley Cup play-off spot. It’s the first time in six years that a Stanley Cup finalist has failed to make the play-offs the following season.
Having suffered at the hands of their rivals last season, the Madison Square Garden crowd were in great spirits on Sunday, and will now hope to see the Rangers extend their season over the forthcoming days.