The Rangers had a golden opportunity last night to all but lock up a post season berth. An extra two points would have put them four points ahead of the ninth place dreamers chasing them. But the passionate Blueshirts were nowhere to be found. The Atlanta Thrashers silenced Madison Square Garden with a dominating 3-0 shutout.
After a deflating two goals in fifteen seconds by the Thrashers, the Rangers looked deflated. Not exactly the “Rally For Cally” Ranger fans were hoping for in the wake of the Ryan Callahan injury.
New York’s playoff destiny no longer remains in their hands. With one game left to the Carolina Hurricanes’ two, they’ll be scoreboard watching tonight. The Canes (89 pts.) play the Thrashers tonight. If the Rangers win their last game on Saturday, they can make the playoffs if Carolina loses one of their games (even in overtime) OR the Buffalo Sabres lose both of their games.
Marian Gaborik must step up if this team is to advance. One defensive lapse gets him glued to the bench, which is the last thing the offensively challenged Rangers need right now.
The New Jersey Devils would love to be spoilers on Saturday. The key to victory is simple. No urgency; no playoffs. The Blueshirts sure love to keep their fans guessing and biting their nails down to the bitter end.
In Prust They Trust: Ranger fans voted Brandon Prust the winner of the annual Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. Check out a great article on the Rangers website about how he went from being an unknown to winning over New Yorkers with his gritty style of play. Better luck next time Brian Boyle. His cooled off scoring touch down the homestretch cost him what could have been a shoo in for the nod.
Potent Quotables via NHL.com: “We have been on a pretty good run but Carolina keeps on winning. Buffalo keeps on winning. It doesn’t surprise me at all that it takes 82. We will be ready to play Game 82.” — Coach John Tortorella
“As far as I know, we’re still in eighth place. Until something shows me otherwise, that is the attitude we’re going to have. We are going to do what we can and control what we can control. We have to do it like pros. I have said it before — we have to have a short memory.” – Brandon Dubinsky
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)