So the Rangers get into the playoffs with the help of the Tampa Bay Lightning coming up big and beating the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2.
Did Tampa hear all those Rangers fans at the Garden yesterday chanting "Let's Go Lightning!" at the end of the third period? Or maybe Tampa just had Carolina's number this year, winning four out of their six meetings. Or perhaps a key injury was also a factor. Note this item that Canes Country disclosed:
Coach Paul Maurice mentioned that Eric Staal was playing with a bad groin for the past three weeks, and it was just getting worse and worse. I'm sure more inside info will be released in the coming days about hidden ailments and injuries.So the Canes' captain was hobbled, and our captain, Chris "Captain America" Drury returned. The Force had therefore shifted to the Blueshirts. Once Obi-Wan Kenobi works his magic nothing can stop you.
However you slice it, we do owe the Bolts. The cruel irony might be that we "payback" their help by beating them in the Eastern Conference Finals. Fate is a cruel mistress. In the meantime a sincere "good luck" against Pittsburgh you sons of the Bolt.
The most impressive statistic that came out yesterday was that the Rangers had not lost a game this year when taking a lead into the third period (29-0-0). Wow! So the moral of that story is get a lead in the first two periods and then turn the game over to Lundqvist and the defense. Simple.
Let's Go Rangers. Bring on the Caps.
Congratulations Ranger Pundit contributor, Section 335. You exactly predicted the Rangers final points total for this season at 93 points back in October 2010. One more reason to heed what you read hear at the Ranger Pundit.
NHL announces Rangers-Caps schedule --
The NHL announced the schedules for all eight first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series on Sunday night, as the Rangers learned they will open the postseason on Wednesday night in Washington.
Here is a look at the complete schedule:
.. Date Time Location TV Wednesday, April 13 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington TBD Friday, April 15 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington TBD Sunday, April 17 3 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers TBD Wednesday, April 20 7 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers TBD *Saturday, April 23 3 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington TBD *Monday, April 25 TBD Washington at NY Rangers TBD *Wenesday, April 27 TBD NY Rangers at Washington TBD * -- if necessary
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