The New York Rangers are halfway there. Their 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night was just step 1 of 2 for them to receive a bid to this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. Montreal, Boston, and Philly were all able to clinch a playoff birth with a Ranger's loss had it not been for Marion Gaborik's unassisted goal late in the 2nd period that beat Brian Boucher over his catching-glove. Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, could not handle a bouncing puck in the neutral-zone then made an errant pass that was stolen by Gaborik and put home for his 42nd goal of the season. If Montreal wins tonight against the Maple Leafs then the Rangers and Flyers will battle it out Sunday in Philly to determine which team gets the 8th and final playoff seed. if Montreal loses their game, then the Flyers could advance to the post season with an overtime loss to the Rangers Sunday. Bottom line is that the playoff picture will not be set until Sunday afternoon.
The Boston Bruins clinched a playoff berth with their 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes earlier today. The Bruins had shorthanded goals from Daniel Paille, Blake Wheeler, and Steve Begin all on the same penalty-kill 1:04 apart while defenseman Matt Hunwick sat in the box for hooking. The goals set an NHL record for quickest shorthanded goals and the most shorthanded goals scored on one penalty-kill. The Bruins will close out their regular season against the Washington Capitals Sunday at 12pm et on NBC.