For once, the Rangers picked up Henrik Lundqvist, who gave up two questionable goals in the first period. The locker room, between periods, then held a prayer service conducted by Father John, who was voted the worst coach to play for, in an ESPN poll. Wonderful.
Polls aside, the Rangers stormed back in the second period as the big guys, Prospal, Jokinen and Gaborik scored, aided and abetted by the small guys, P.A. Parenteau and Aaron Voros. The win helped the Rangers stay four points behind Philly, Montreal and Boston for the last playoff spot and two behind Atlanta for ninth place. All those teams have six games to play and Atlanta has five. Both Boston and Atlanta won last night while Montreal was idle.
In a previous blog a reader named finn wanted to know why the Rangers play their best hockey at the end of the season. First of all I doubt if this stretch comes under the heading of 'best hockey'. The end of the year drive is famously known as 'the salary drive'. In the old days it mattered as most players were under one year contracts. So they poured it on at the end to impress the owners. Can you imagine this Ranger owner being impressed with anything to do with hockey? I can't. With the large long range contracts the 'salary drive' is meaningless. Who is more meaningless than Rozsival and Redden?
So the Rangers live to play another day. Off to Florida for the Lightning and Panthers. However, right now it's more scoreboard watching than anything else. Let the mediocrity continue.
The Grate One, Sean Avery, has resumed tweeting. His new logo says a lot about the Avery style.