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Rangers' Ryan McDonagh, left, sends Philadelphia Flyers' Scott (Credit: AP)

Rangers' Ryan McDonagh, left, sends Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell to the ice with a check during the third period. (April 3, 2012)

Rangers 5, Flyers 3

Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov scored as part of a four-goal first period, and the Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 1994 with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends the crease as
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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends the crease as Philadelphia Flyers' Zac Rinaldo tries to score while Rangers' Michael Del Zotto skates in from behind during the second period. (April 3, 2012)

New York Rangers swarm around goalie Henrik Lundqvist
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New York Rangers swarm around goalie Henrik Lundqvist after they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. (April 3, 2012)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, celebrates
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, celebrates with teammates Dan Girardi (5), Marc Staal, center, and Artem Anisimov, right, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. (April 3, 2012)

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Rangers' Ryan McDonagh, left, sends Philadelphia Flyers' Scott
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Rangers' Ryan McDonagh, left, sends Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell to the ice with a check during the third period. (April 3, 2012)

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, covers the
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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, covers the puck on a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux, left, during the second period. (April 3, 2012)

New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh, right, reacts after
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New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh, right, reacts after scoring during the first period. (April 3, 2012)

New York Rangers' Artem Anisimov, leaves the ice
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New York Rangers' Artem Anisimov, leaves the ice with a cut in his mouth after he scored on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and then got hit with a high stick from Flyers' Pavel Kubina during the first period. (April 3, 2012)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden,
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, deflects a shot with his blocker during the second period. (April 3, 2012)

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New York Rangers' Ryan Callahan, center, leaps against
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New York Rangers' Ryan Callahan, center, leaps against the back of Philadelphia Flyers' Pavel Kubina, right, as the puck shoots past the shoulder of Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, but not into the net, during the first period. (April 3, 2012)

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