Ice Hockey - Idle Rangers clinch play-off spot

The New York Rangers clinched a NHL play-off spot without taking the ice, punching their ticket by virtue of New Jersey's 1-0 loss to Calgary.

Ice Hockey - Idle Rangers clinch play-off spot

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on a shot from Calgary Flames left wing Ken Agostino (51) (Reuters)

The idle Rangers, currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, have lost their last two games but gained some consolation in their return to the post-season.

With just three regular season games remaining, New York (43-31-5) still have a chance to move further up the standings and earn home ice in the opening round of the play-offs.

The Rangers are searching for their first Stanley Cup title since 1994.

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Flames 1, Devils 0

The Calgary Flames have been out of the play-off picture for a while, but that did not stop them from dealing a serious blow to the postseason hopes of the New Jersey Devils.

Defenseman Mark Giordano scored a power-play goal early in the third period and goaltender Karri Ramo was flawless with 31 saves as the Flames defeated the Devils 1-0 at Prudential Center.

The loss leaves the Devils (34-29-16) three points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets, who hold the final play-off spot in the East.

The Blue Jackets have a game in hand and will play Tuesday and Wednesday before the Devils' next game in Ottawa against the Senators on Thursday.

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Wild 1, Jets 0

Minnesota goalie Ilya Bryzgalov registered his second straight shutout as the Wild slipped out of town with a victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Bryzgalov made 24 saves as the Wild improved to 41-26-12 to move seven points up on the Dallas Stars and all but solidify a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

The Russian-born goalie backstopped the Wild to a 4-0 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. He is now 6-0-3 since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in early March.

Charlie Coyle scored the lone goal of the game in the second period.

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Ducks 3, Canucks 0

Anaheim Ducks rookie goaltender John Gibson posted a shutout in his first career start as the Ducks blanked the Vancouver Canucks.

Gibson, a 20-year-old Pittsburgh native, recorded 18 saves as the Ducks (51-20-8) moved within a point of the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues.

The Canucks (35-33-11) saw their slim playoff hopes finally end as they were eliminated from postseason contention.

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