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Friday, March 28th (All times Eastern)

New York Rangers (41-29-4) at Calgary Flames (30-36-7), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers hope to continue their March surge when they take aim at a sixth consecutive victory in Friday's road test against the Calgary Flames.

In addition to recording a season-high with five straight wins, the Rangers also have eight victories over their past 11 games. The hot stretch has New York sitting second in the Metropolitan Division with a three-point lead over the Philadelphia Flyers.

New York notched an important regulation decision over the visiting Flyers in its last trip to the ice. The Blueshirts entered the contest a point up on Philadelphia for second place and they were able to extend the cushion thanks to Wednesday's 3-1 win at Madison Square Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 30 shots to anchor the key victory and his effort was supported by goals from Derek Dorsett, Ryan McDonagh and Dominic Moore.

Lundqvist took a shutout deep into the third period before Jakub Voracek spoiled the bid with 1:53 remaining.

"I think both teams tonight knew the importance of this game, as far as we're battling for a playoff spot, battling for a playoff position," said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault.

Wednesday's game may have been a preview of an opening-round playoff series. The top three teams in each division earn automatic bids to the playoffs, with the teams finishing second and third facing off against each other in the first round.

Although the Rangers are three points clear of the Flyers at the moment, Philadelphia does own two games in hand. However, none of the Flyers' remaining 10 regular-season games are against New York. Philadelphia is in action on Friday when it hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Rangers are on their first five-game winning streak since Dec. 30, 2011 to Jan. 10, 2012. The last time New York posted six victories in a row was during a seven-game winning streak from Oct. 31-Nov. 15 of the same season.

Friday's contest marks the start of a four-game road trip for New York. The Rangers have played better away from Madison Square Garden this season than at home, going 23-13-0 on the road compared to an 18-16-4 mark in the Big Apple.

The Flames are headed for a fifth straight season out of the playoffs, but the rebuilding club had won two in a row before dropping Wednesday's game against Anaheim.

Calgary opened its three-game homestand with a 2-1 shootout win over San Jose on Monday. However, after beating the Pacific leaders, the Flames couldn't follow up with a win over the division's second-place team on Wednesday.

The Flames did hold a 2-1 lead over Anaheim after 40 minutes, but Mathieu Perreault and Andrew Cogliano scored in the third period to lift the Ducks to a 3-2 regulation victory.

Karri Ramo stopped 31 shots for the Flames, who were seeking their first three-game winning streak since rattling off a season-high five consecutive victories from Jan. 22-Feb. 1.

Perreault and Cogliano scored in identical fashion, with each one banging home a rebound of a shot from the point. A blocker save by Ramo resulted in a scramble and Perreault tied the game at 2-2 at 5:32 of the third, sweeping in the loose puck. Cogliano jumped on a rebound and buried a shot from near the bottom of the left circle, giving the Ducks the lead with 5:19 remaining.

"In the third period, they got two good breaks and they deserved them because they worked us hard," said Calgary head coach Bob Hartley.

The Flames fell to 17-18-3 at the Saddledome this season after Wednesday's loss. Next up for Calgary is a five-game road trip that begins with Sunday's tilt in Ottawa.

New York has won the last three meetings against the Flames, who last downed the Rangers on Nov. 7, 2009 when they notched a 3-1 decision at the Saddledome. The Blueshirts have won three of the previous five meetings in Calgary.

03/28 10:50:26 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
Final
MIN 96
IND 100
Final
OKC 99
NOP 101
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
Final
UTEP 78
ALCOR 45
 
2nd
SEAT 51
SACST 39
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
Final
EDM 5
DAL 6
Final
BOS 4
BUF 3
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
CHI 4
TOR 0
3rd
WIN 3
PHI 2
 
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
4th
ARI 6
SEA 28