Rangers avoid getting Buffaloed
Never in doubt, right? Well...
So the Rangers win their final home game of the regular season tonight,
2-1 over the Buffalo Sabres.
Wasn't easy, folks. But the Blueshirts will take the two points and get out of Dodge.
Coupled with the Flyers 4-2 loss to the Bolts tonight, Gotham clinches the second seed in the Metro Division - along with home ice vs. the 3rd seed.
Some quick thoughts on tonight's tilt:
61-derful in the clutch: Rick Nash nets the game winner at 18:18 of the third period. Great pass by Martin St. Louis to set it up. Now, Nash is tied Messier, Jagr, and Don Maloney for the franchise record in game-winning goals in a season with 9.
Pouliot's penchant for poor penalties: Benoit Pouliot giveth - scored the 1-1 goal and sometime he taketh away. That o-zone penalty with a little less than 5 minutes remaining in the third period was inexcusable.
Playing without power: Rangers took the collar on the PP tonight. Zip goals on 4 chances. Gotta be better starting next week.
Feast or famine with SOG: 18 shots in the second period. 3 shots in the third. Fortunately, one went in.
Home sour home: Rangers went 20-17-4 during the home portion of their schedule this season. Now that they've got home ice to start the play-ons, they need to reverse that trend in a hurry.
Bottom line: 45-31-5 heading into Saturday night's regular-season finale against the Canadiens in Montreal.
Thanks for reading. Most appreciated.
And also, please let me know your thoughts on tonight's contest and what you think the Rangers need to improve upon, as they head into the play-ons.