Good Morning New York Rangers Family! Yes, we are family at this point. Not only did the Rangers win in regulation last night, the Philadelphia Flyers lost. This means the number two seed is a lock for the Rangers and so is home ice for the first round of the playoffs! Not that our home record is stellar this season, but in the playoffs it’s a huge advantage.
Last night was the “Blueshirts off our backs” event to close out the regular season at home. After the game the Rangers players literally took off their jerseys and autographed them for selected fans. Here is the video for those who missed it or who just want to watch it again.
It seems as though Ryan Callahan is helping the Rangers still, without really trying. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Flyers last night in regulation, sealing the Rangers in second place. If the flyers can win out the rest of their games, they will face the Rangers in the first round. Simple enough and that should be a really great match-up to start the playoffs.
When asked about the possibility of playing the Flyers in the first round, Brian Boyle did what he does best. He made a very clear and concise statement, which is why so many people love his interviews. He doesn’t pull punches or sugar coat anything. “We hate each other” is rather simple speech. It is also extremely accurate.
Coach Vigneault remains very tight-lipped about Ryan McDonagh. His status, his possibility of playing, or anything else regarding his status is off-limits to everyone at this point. While it is frustrating it is with good reason that nothing is being said. It’s playoff time and teams will do anything to win, even exploit another team’s weaknesses. Here is the breakdown of Vigneault’s presser discussing McDonagh and answering questions about the tight-lipped approach to things.
Here is last night’s game review from the win over the Sabres. read through til the end where it mentions time between SAVES for Henrik Lundqvist. It’s a crazy number, mostly because the Rangers did not score much given the gap in shots.
In league news, former Ranger Brendan Shanahan is set to be named as President of Hockey Operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ organization. He leaves his post as the Director of Player Safety with the NHL directly. This could be the beginning of much more news from within the NHL and could alter the course of action with the way safety in the league is handled. This announcement comes on the same day as a major lawsuit announcement. Nine former players filed suit against the NHL over head injuries. This is as bad as the woman who sued McDonald’s because her coffee was hot and she spilled it on herself.
It’s a big news day today so there you have it all. Have a great day and let’s keep our smiles on our faces. We have everything to be happy about today! Let’s go Rangers!