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Rangers wrap up playoff bid

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan each scored their 20th goals and had an assist, and the Rangers hung on to beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 Monday night to earn a sixth consecutive playoff berth.

Dan Boyle and Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Rangers, who ended a three-game skid and moved three points behind Pittsburgh for second in the Metropolitan Division.

Game highlights: Rocco Grimaldi scored twice as the visiting Panthers beat the Maple Leafs 4-3 to set a franchise mark with their 99th point. Florida had 98 points in the 1999-2000 season.

Around the league: The league suspended Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for four games — the rest of Toronto's season — without pay for cross-checking Detroit's Luke Glendening in the back of the head and fined him $200,000.

Rangers 1 2 1 4
at Jackets 0 1 1 2

First1, NYR, Kreider 20 (Stepan, Lundqvist), 6:17. PenaltiesBoll, Clm (roughing), 8:32; Stepan, NYR (hooking), 13:00.

Second2, NYR, Boyle 9, 5:28. 3, Clm, Foligno 10 (Savard, Bjorkstrand), 14:41. 4, NYR, Zuccarello 26 (Kreider), 18:14. PenaltiesM.Staal, NYR (roughing), 12:24.

Third5, Clm, Foligno 11 (Jones, Boll), 10:45. 6, NYR, Stepan 20, 18:49 (en-sh). PenaltiesNash, NYR (slashing), 3:16; Zuccarello, NYR (high-sticking), 17:57. ShotsNYR 13-12-5—30. Clm 7-11-11—29. PPsNYR 0 of 1; Clm 0 of 4. GoaliesNYR, Lundqvist 34-20-7 (29 shots-27 saves). Clm, Korpisalo 15-11-4 (29-26).

Panthers 0 3 1 4
at Leafs 0 0 3 3

FirstNone. PenaltiesBrennan, Tor (holding), 17:45.

Second1, Fla, Bjugstad 14 (Ekblad, R.Smith), 1:34. 2, Fla, Grimaldi 2 (Hudler, Purcell), 10:31. 3, Fla, Grimaldi 3 (R.Smith), 13:11. PenaltiesKapanen, Tor (holding), 1:55; Corrado, Tor (hooking), 5:08; Bozak, Tor (hooking), 16:28.

Third4, Tor, Greening 5 (Nylander, Rielly), 5:50 (pp). 5, Tor, Brennan 1 (Clune, Boyes), 8:54. 6, Fla, Barkov 27 (Huberdeau, Ekblad), 9:30. 7, Tor, Greening 6 (Bozak, Parenteau), 11:53. PenaltiesClune, Tor (roughing), 2:23; Gudbranson, Fla (interference), 4:50; Jagr, Fla (holding), 14:13. ShotsFla 9-17-10—36. Tor 7-7-11—25. PPsFla 0 of 5; Tor 1 of 2. GoaliesFla, Montoya 12-6-3 (25 shots-22 saves). Tor, Bernier 11-21-3 (36-32).

at Blues 0 1 4 5
Coyotes 2 0 0 2

First1, Ari, Vermette 16 (Murphy, Tanguay), 3:28. 2, Ari, Duclair 20 (Tanguay, Ekman-Larsson), 13:08. PenaltiesNone.

Second3, StL, Brouwer 18 (Pietrangelo, Parayko), 7:36 (pp). PenaltiesGrant, Ari (cross-checking), 5:52; Edmundson, StL (interference), 10:02; Domi, Ari, served by Chipchura (hooking, roughing), 10:55; Upshall, StL (slashing), 10:55; Tanguay, Ari (tripping), 13:56; Vermette, Ari (tripping), 18:09; Connauton, Ari, double minor (roughing), 18:09; Edmundson, StL, double minor (roughing), 18:09; Steen, StL (interference), 19:43.

Third4, StL, Brodziak 6 (Pietrangelo), 1:28 (sh). 5, StL, Tarasenko 37, 10:42. 6, StL, Berglund 10 (Tarasenko, Shattenkirk), 13:00 (pp). 7, StL, Brodziak 7 (Bortuzzo, Gunnarsson), 19:09. PenaltiesPaajarvi, StL (slashing), 7:44; Tanguay, Ari (high-sticking), 12:20; Vermette, Ari, served by Chipchura, minor-misconduct (cross-checking), 15:45. ShotsAri 11-4-12—27. StL 6-11-9—26. PPsAri 0 of 3; StL 2 of 5. GoaliesAri, M.Smith 15-12-1 (26 shots-21 saves). StL, Elliott 22-7-6 (27-25).

Playoff glance

The top three teams in each division get playoff berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals get wild-card berths regardless of their division. Wild-card standings with points, games left (GL; fewer games played is the first tiebreaker) and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, the second tiebreaker)

East Pts GL ROW

Islanders 95 4 38

Flyers 91 4 36

Bruins 90 3 37

West Pts GL ROW

x-Predators 92 3 35

Wild 87 2 35

Avalanche 82 3 35

x—clinched playoff spot

Rangers wrap up playoff bid 04/04/16 [Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2016 11:23pm]
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