Buoyed by a season-high offensive explosion Friday night at the First Niagara Center, the Rangers accomplished several important things. First they earned a valuable two points in the standings with their 8-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Second they secured sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 50 points, two up on ninth place Winnipeg and one behind the seventh place Islanders. And finally the Rangers victory eliminated both the Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers from playoff contention in the East.
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