Philadelphia gets playoff berth while eliminating Rangers
PHILADELPHIA — Brian Boucher stopped Olli Jokinen on the final attempt of the shootout to send the Philadelphia Flyers into the playoffs while eliminating the New York Rangers with a 2-1 victory Sunday.
The final game of the regular season felt more like Game 7 of a playoff series. Win and advance; lose and go home.
The Flyers earned the seventh seeding in the Eastern Conference and will play New Jersey.
The Rangers forced what was essentially a one-game playoff when they beat the Flyers on Friday night. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was sensational, but Matt Carle tied the game at 1-1 early in the third period.
Danny Briere and Claude Giroux scored in the shootout for the Flyers. In between, P.A. Parenteau scored for the Rangers.
Lundqvist was stellar in goal, stopping 46 shots from every angle from Philadelphia. The Flyers outshot the Rangers by a 2-1 margin for most of the game but could never slip the puck past the goalie Coach John Tortorella expected to carry them into the postseason.