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Rangers’ season ends in heartbreaking shootout

By Kevin Sammut
    The New York Rangers (38-33-11) fell to Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia
Flyers (41-35-6) on Sunday, 2-1 in a shootout, putting an end to a streaky year
of mediocre play capped by a late-season playoff run.  The Flyers clinched the
seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with the win at home.

    Jody Shelley put the Rangers up 1-0 with a quick first period goal.  Flyers
defenseman Matt Carle later tied the game with a power play score in the third.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 46 of the Flyers’ 47 shots through
65-minutes of play.
    Claude Giroux whipped the eventual game-winner through Lundqvist’s legs in
the third round of the shootout.  Flyers goalie Brian Boucher stonewalled Olli
Jokinen, the Rangers’ final hope, to seal the victory.

    Both teams entered Sunday tied for the eighth and final Eastern Conference
playoff spot with 86 points following a 4-3 Rangers win over the Flyers at
Madison Square Garden on Friday.   The Rangers finished the season a conference
best 7-1-2 in their final ten games, yet their 18-17-6 overall home record was
tied for second-worst in the conference.

    Philadelphia will meet the second-seeded New Jersey Devils in the first
round of the NHL Playoffs beginning tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
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