NHL: New Jersey Devils slip up to hand play-off place to New York Rangers
Last Updated: 08/04/14 8:11am
New York Rangers: return to NHL play-offs
New York Rangers' play-off spot was confirmed by New Jersey Devils' 1-0 defeat to Calgary Flames.
The Rangers, who last won the Stanley Cup in 1994, have lost their last two games and were not in action on Monday but still became the fifth team in the Eastern Conference to reach the post-season.
With three regular-season games remaining, the Rangers (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.
Calgary defenceman Mark Giordano scored a power-play goal in the third period and goaltender Karri Ramo made 31 saves to deal a blow to New Jersey's hopes of extending their season.
The defeat leaves the Devils (34-29-16) three points behind Columbus Blue Jackets, who hold the final play-off spot in the East.
John Gibson marked his NHL debut with an 18-save shutout as Anaheim Ducks eliminated Vancouver Canucks from play-off contention with a 3-0 victory.
Daniel Winnik, Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey all scored for the Ducks, who are now three points clear of San Jose Sharks at the top of the Pacific Division.
And in Monday's other game, Ilya Bryzgalov registered his second shutout in a row as Minnesota Wild beat Winnipeg Jets 1-0 thanks to Charlie Coyle's second-period goal.