Well, I must begin by saying that I never thought The Garden would get into the game after a very quiet first period. Luckily, I was wrong. It was almost as if the fans were holding their breath hoping for no injuries before the playoffs begin on April 16, 2014. Again, luckily, there were no new injuries to deal with.
After a goal around the halfway point in the 2nd for the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Ranger fans got into the game. Many “Let’s Go Rangers!” chants filled the building. With only a minute left in the second period, the Rangers were on a power play and, what seemed like, the entire Garden was chanting at the New York Rangers “shoot the puck”. Benoit Pouliot scored and the fans went wild. Coming back in the third with almost thirty seconds left on their power play, the Rangers were unable to score. But finally, the fans were really into it the game. After a couple of penalties that all Ranger fans were unhappy with, came a late third period goal by Rick Nash. His 26th of the season assisted by Martin St. Louis.
It was a sweet victory that helped the Rangers clinch home ice advantage, with the help of a Philadelphia Flyer loss, for the first round of the playoffs. The Rangers could still face either the Philadelphia Flyers or Columbus Blue Jackets. After the game there was their annual “shirts off their backs” ceremony. What a cool concept to have the jersey a Ranger played in that game and signed right then and there for a fan. Ryan McDonagh and Daniel Carcillo were also there to give jerseys. Players even threw “Rangerstown” shirts into the stands and the fans couldn’t get enough of it. It’s always nice to see the New York Rangers appreciate their fans because we sure do love our Blueshirts! Let’s hope with one game left of the regular season, on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens, we can get another two points in a road win to round out the season with 97 points.
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