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When Saturday began, the Penguins knew they would face either the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers or New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
The Rangers took themselves out of that field with a 4-0 win Saturday afternoon against New Jersey, but, when the night ended, the Islanders and Senators still were battling for the seventh and eighth spots after Ottawa's 2-1 loss against visiting Philadelphia.
The Senators will close their regular season tonight at Boston, and, if they earn one point against the Bruins, the Islanders will face the Penguins in the opening round, when it begins most likely Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.
If Ottawa loses the final game of the lockout-shortened season, the Senators will face the Penguins.
Jakub Voracek's 22nd goal this season at 10:02 of the third period proved to be the winner for Philadelphia, which did not make the playoffs.
Rookie Jason Akeson staked the Flyers to a 1-0 lead at 3:46 of the first period, but Kyle Turris' 11th goal this season tied it for Ottawa at 4:35 of the second.
The Islanders were idle Saturday.
The Rangers wound up with the sixth seed and are locked into a first-round series against the Washington Capitals.
Rick Nash scored two goals for the host Rangers to spark their victory against the Devils, who did not make the playoffs.
"If you start out in sixth, you could get home ice depending on what else happens. You never know," said forward Brad Richards, who had two assists for New York.
Last year, the Rangers finished with the best record in the East and knocked off Washington in a seven-game, second-round series before falling to New Jersey in the conference finals.mobilehome - penguins