Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/3/12

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored for the first time in 25 games during a four-goal first period as the visiting New York Rangers clinched the Atlantic Division and the top seed in the Eastern Conference by completing a season sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers with a 5-3 win on Tuesday.

Captain Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov netted power-play goals, Brian Boyle also tallied and Henrik Lundqvist secured his career-high 39th win as the Rangers finished their first sweep of the Flyers since the 1971-72 season.

New York, which clinched the Eastern Conference for the first time since its 1993-94 Stanley Cup-winning campaign, moved two points ahead of Vancouver in the race for the Presidents' Trophy. The Rangers also hold the tiebreaker over the Canucks, who host Anaheim later on Tuesday.

Wayne Simmonds netted his sixth goal in five games and Claude Giroux notched three assists for Philadelphia, which entered the contest one point behind fourth-place Pittsburgh. The Penguins visited the Bruins on Tuesday.

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