MONTREAL -- The good news for the Rangers and the bad news for the Flyers, their first-round opponent in the playoffs, is this: Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is 100 percent healthy.
McDonagh, who missed his fifth game since hurting his shoulder in Vancouver on April 1, skated Friday and Saturday, but coach Alain Vigneault said: "I didn't see the necessity of playing him."
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McDonagh, who has 14 goals and 43 points, said: "I told them I'm ready to go. He felt it would be good to just give it one more day of full rest. We've got three days of practice; that'll be good enough to prepare for games that are really important."
McDonagh, who logs 25 minutes a night, said his conditioning is good and that he recovered full range of motion several days ago. "I've been able to get my shot back even harder, and passing and skating is no issue," he said. "You've got to respect the coach's decision. We've talked about going on what we hope is a long run here."
Veterans Martin St. Louis and Dan Girardi, who are healthy but had played in 81 games each, had the night off. Dan Carcillo and Justin Falk were the replacements. Carcillo played 11:38 and Falk 11:34.
For the playoffs, Vigneault must decide which defenseman sits when McDonagh returns. The choices appear to be Raphael Diaz or Kevin Klein. "I've got a pretty good idea what I'm going to do there, but we'll see how tonight unfolds," Vigneault said.
After the game, Vigneault said the winning penalty shot resulted from a mix-up between the two on a bouncing puck.
Rick Nash had seven shots and finished the season with a team-leading 26 goals . . . Mats Zuccarello led in points with 59. Derek Stepan had 57.
In achippy game, Derek Dorsett had 19 minutes in penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct for retaliating after P.K. Subban crosschecked him several times while he was face down on the ice at 12:51 of the second period . . . Each team was 0-for-3 on the power play.