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Rangers clinch Presidents’ Trophy

at Madison Square Garden on April 6, 2015 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: (l-r) Derick Brassard #16 and J.T. Miller #10 of the New York Rangers celebrate their 4-3 povertime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on April 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruce Bennett

They were Eastern Conference champions and Stanley Cup finalists a year ago.

Now, the New York Rangers will go into the 2014-2015 playoffs as the Presidents’ Trophy winners as the league’s top regular season team. They accomplished the feat with a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

“It’s not an easy thing to do,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault told the club’s website.

“It’s a challenging thing; but I think for our group it’s one step in the direction we’re trying to get. I am very proud of our group, but we all know we’re going to be judged by what we do in the playoffs. So this is the first step and we’re going to get ready for the next one.”

A single point would’ve given the Rangers top spot in the Eastern Conference, but two got them the No. 1 spot in the NHL’s overall standings. In 1993-94, the Rangers earned the best record in the NHL during the regular season. That team went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Just putting it out there.

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