Dan Girardi put forth another monster effort Tuesday night in Philadelphia, helping the Rangers not only to a 5-3 win over the Flyers, but to the clinching of first place in the Eastern Conference.
Girardi logged 26:27 worth of ice-time, and was a major factor in the Rangers being able to kill off seven of eight Flyers power plays in the game. He also added an assist, led the team with six hits, and was awarded the Broadway Hat once the game was finally over and the Rangers' 51st victory was officially recorded.
"I think everyone is excited with what we have accomplished so far this year," Girardi said following the game. "We're obviously really excited, and it was a good game to clinch it with against a tough division rival. We're happy where we are right now, but we still have two games left, and need to be playing the right way going into the playoffs."
The Rangers 51 wins are one shy of equaling the franchise record for most victories in a season. The Blueshirts also have 109 points, three shy of the of the franchise record. There are two games remaining in the 2011-12 season for the Rangers to try and match or better these records.