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  • Rangers 5, Flyers 0: This game needed 21 seconds to have a fight that ended up with Flyers forward Todd Fedoruk leaving the ice on a stretcher and headed to St. Vincent. While that may do it for some hockey fans, would the game be better if players limited the violence to the legal and clean collisions allowed in the contact sport? No one wants to see someone leave the ice like that.

    Looking past that and other fisticuffs, this is the latest chapter in the Rangers' recent upturn. They outscored their opponents 14-1 on their now-completed three-game homestand and saw Brendan Shanahan, the their best player for much of this season, return and assist on two goals. (He was hurt on an accidental collision the last time these teams met.) For a club that needed to make up ground just to be in the playoff picture just games ago, being one point out of the sixth position isn't too shabby. Of course, they're only three points above the cutoff line, so they need to keep it up.

Photographs of the Rangers' Colton Orr fighting with Philadelphia Flyer Todd Fedoruk, who was then knocked out and taken away on a stretcher, by Seth Wenig/AP