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One More Win Needed

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It took essentially all season for the Rangers to establish an identity, but they have now, they sure have now—better late than never and not too late at all, after all.

These are the Rangers who would not give up on themselves or their season. These are the Rangers who are one win away from the playoffs with one game to go, tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia. These are the Rangers who are one win away from the greatest stretch drive to the playoffs in franchise history.

One win away. Only one win away. Still one win away.

There are other permutations featuring Boston and Montreal that might apply following the Blueshirts’ electric 4-3 victory over the Flyers last night at the Garden, but it is finally this simple: If the Rangers get their sweep of the home-and-home, they will have come all the way back from a seven-point hole with 10 games remaining to gain a fifth straight playoff berth.

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Rangers Must Win Two

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

So now that the Rangers have defied the odds and their own limitations to fight back to the equivalent of a must-win Game 6, the most important guy on the team says they, like their wired fans at Madison Square Garden tonight, will enjoy every minute of the unexpected opportunity that begins tonight with a home-and-home against the Flyers.

“We’re happy and excited to be in this position,” said goalie Henrik Lundqvist. “Both teams are pretty excited I’m sure, but the difference is we have been on the outside [of the playoffs] the whole time and [the Flyers] have been on the inside, so hopefully they feel more pressure than we do.”

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Empty Dates At MSG Means Loss Of Income

from Ken Belson of the New York Times,

With two games left on their schedule, the Rangers are in danger of missing the N.H.L. playoffs for the first time in five years. That possibility would certainly be a disappointment for the team’s fans. But it would also sting the Rangers’ front office, which would forgo several million dollars for each playoff game missed.

Madison Square Garden Inc., which owns the Rangers, will certainly survive if the team misses the playoffs because the Rangers are only one part of a $1 billion enterprise that includes the Knicks, the Liberty and other sports properties; Radio City Music Hall and other theaters; and the MSG Network.

But because all N.B.A. and N.H.L. teams must keep dates open at their arenas in case they make the playoffs, the elimination of the Knicks and the Rangers from the postseason means the Garden would remain empty for many more nights in April and May.

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Morning Line- Part 2

“So I just needed a kick in the butt. I talked to Schoeny on the ice in practice the day before the Buffalo game. And Torts challenged a few guys. And I was one of the guys. He looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘You have to be better.’ It’s not always fun, but it’s happened to me a few times. I’ve had some tough coaches. You’ve just got to suck it up.

And if I want to be in this situation where I’m playing with Gabby on the first line, I have to play well….”

-Erik Christensen of the New York Rangers.  More from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times.

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The Weekend Could Belong To Lundqvist

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

...That race is three horses for two places, but the Rangers don’t have to worry about Boston getting only one point in their three remaining games if they win both games this weekend against a Philadelphia team that, playing with a third-string goalie and without leading goal scorer Jeff Carter, also believes it has gotten its act together in the nick of time.

“We know we have to win both, but it’s one at a time,” said Lundqvist.

And if it gets down to just one, who would you want in your net in that one: Brian Boucher or Henrik Lundqvist?

Of all the questions asked about the Rangers’ ability to pull this off, that one is ridiculous.

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Rangers Chances For The Playoffs - Very Slim

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slim just rode out of town.

There are three games to go and beginning tonight at the Garden against Toronto, the Rangers will play them without a margin for error in their quest to make the playoffs after last night’s 5-2 debacle of a defeat to a Sabres team that was a step up in class.

These weren’t the deficient Islanders, the lousy Lightning or the inept Panthers, the victims in the three-game winning streak the Blueshirts carried into the match. These, rather, were the Northeast champions clinching their division, even without the injured Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Patrick Kaleta and Craig Rivet.

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Tortorella Meets The Media After The Rangers Loss Tonight

Watch the save by Miller on Gaborik below that Torts discusses in the video,....

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Stamkos & Pronger Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• The deal, according to Sather, was struck. The Rangers would be getting Stamkos, who has scored 46 goals thus far this season, tied for second in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin and just one behind Sidney Crosby in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy….

“How close did we come?” Sather asked rhetorically, repeating the question we posed to him as the Rangers practiced in Tampa on Thursday. “We shook hands on it, that’s how close….

• There is something foul in Philadelphia far beyond the goaltending fiasco that has become the focal point of the NHL’s most disappointing team.

We’re not there on a day-to-day basis, so we can’t claim first-hand knowledge, but when two league GMs were asked what they perceived to be the problem, neither hesitated.

“Pronger,” each said, referring to Chris Pronger, the defenseman who has a reputation for splitting locker rooms as well as heads….

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Evening Line

There are many different levels of fandom. I’m extreme! I’m one of those Rangers fans who doesn’t take defeat well. For example, if the Rangers fail to make the playoffs in a given season, I make it my mission—as do many other hard-core Rangers fans—to root against their most hated rival, the New Jersey Devils.

-Linda Cohn at ESPN New York.  Read more about Linda’s love for the Rangers.

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Gaborik Needs To Show Up

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Where’s Gabby?

It’s difficult to know what is more troubling, that Marian Gaborik played poorly enough (again) to merit benching for the final 8:15 of the second period in the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss in Toronto on Saturday night, or that coach John Tortorella believed that benching the team’s lone marquee forward was the only way to jump-start him.

Seriously, with all of the issues the Rangers must surmount over the final seven games that after a season of good health now include knee injuries to top-six forwards Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery, the most perplexing is Gaborik’s recent penchant for disappearing at both ends of the ice for shifts at a time.

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