Rangers fail to strengthen Presidents’ Trophy hopes in loss to Flyers

The Rangers may not be one of the NHL teams still fighting for a playoff spot like their opponent against the Flyers on Thursday, but they’re still playing for something.

It’s important for the Blueshirts to finish this regular season on a worthy note, either as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, as a Presidents Trophy winner, or both. Thursday night, they lost 4-1 to the Flyers in front of a silent Garden crowd.

At the beginning of the week, the Rangers needed four points from their final four games to secure both their district and conference berths.

Cam York checks Vincent Trocheck during the first period of the Rangers’ 4-1 loss to the Flyers. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Now, to achieve these obvious goals, we must win the final two games.

As important as it is to win as many games as possible at this time of year and to be in optimal position for the playoffs, none of the aforementioned awards will just fill this Rangers team’s trophy case.

It will be meaningful for the Hurricanes to do everything they can to win their first Metropolitan Division title in three years.

Acquiring the top seed in the East could have a lasting impact on the Rangers’ psyche.

Jonathan Quick protects the net as Joel Farabee tries to control the puck during a Rangers loss.
Jonathan Quick protects the net as Joel Farabee tries to control the puck during a Rangers loss. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Any of that could be just what the Rangers need to boost their confidence ahead of the all-important postseason.

The Rangers’ short-term goals remain valid and they are in control of their own destiny.

The Rangers are still three points behind Carolina in the division, but by the end of the game between Dallas and the Jets, the Rangers are tied for first place in the NHL with one point over the Stars.