Going into last night's game against the Atlanta Thrashers the Rangers trailed the Boston Bruins by five points. The five points separating the two teams equals an eight place entry to the second season which the Bruins now hold. The second season being the last spot available for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Desperation setting in for New York, they showed and proved in last night's play that they don't want to end the season early.
Vinny Prospal stepped up his game and put home two goals showing his emotion for the game as he sailed his pucks on through. Marian Gaborik broke his five game goal less steak hitting mesh and setting up two for a three point night. Prospal was also good for three points on the evening.
Henrik Lundqvist made the big saves when he had to and the Rangers stayed poised when the Thrashes made it a two goal game twice.
Ryan Callahan would end the game for good when he would toss a puck towards the Atlanta Thrashers empty net that would light the lamp and add up to a 5-2 Rangers victory.
Coach John Torteralla said after the Rangers win, nothing against the Atlanta Thrashers but the Rangers will be facing tuffer teams from hear on in. The Philadelphia Flyers are up next, but the Rangers will have two important games with the Montreal Canadians and the Boston Bruins. Those are the two teams the Rangers are trailing to get into the second season.
Mark those dates on your calendars because those games should decide the Rangers fate the rest of the way of this season. If they will be playing playoff hockey or if they will be heading home for the summer break early will depend what they do in those games.
The Playoff push continues as the NHL season move on.
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