The Rangers kept their flickering playoff hopes alive last night with a 5-2 win over an undermanned Atlanta Thrashers. The win moved the Rangers to within 3 points of the Boston Bruins. The Bruins have two games in hand but are also without Marc Savard for the rest of the year, so anything is possible.
The Rangers big guys did their work which makes "King John" especially happy, at least for one night. Oh yes, there were the usually changing of lines and mixing and matching but the big guys did deliver. Lundqvist made 29 saves while Johan Hedberg made 30. This was possibly the worst game I've seen Hedberg play against the Rangers. Prospal had two goals and an assist while Gaborik bounced back with a goal and two assists. "King John" also benched Sean Avery for poor play. Really. How come those Twin Towers of Ineptitude, Rozsival and Redden are still in the lineup?
So the Rangers live to play another day. Remember though, this was Atlanta, sans Kovalchuk, and in the previous five games against formidable opponents the Rangers were 1-2-2. However, to paraphrase that great poet Gertrude Stein, "A Win Is A Win Is A Win."
White House press secretary wears Canada jersey (with video) -- White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has made good on a bet on the outcome of the Olympic men's hockey gold-medal game, wearing a Team Canada hockey jersey at his daily briefing on Friday.
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