Desperate for points with only six games to go heading into the match and now only five the two points earned put the Rangers within two points of the Flyers and Bruins for the final playoff breath.
Trying not to focus on what the other teams are doing and taking care of your own business is what coach John Tortorella stressed in his pre game interview. But what's going on in the Eastern Conference he said it was hard not to look at what was going on around him with the teams the Rangers are chasing.
Taking care of their own business is what the Rangers have been doing of late as they have gotten nine of a possible ten points in their last five games.
Put the puck on goal and good things will happen as the Rangers proved that point in last night's play as two of the Rangers goals went in off of Tampa Bay Lightning players in the first. Vinny Prospal and Brandon Dubinsky were both credited with the Ranger goals that went off of a Lightning skate and stick to give the Rangers a 3 and 4 goal lead.
The other goal scorers were Brandon Purst, Marc Staal and Aaron Voros, unlikely contributors on offense helping the Rangers cause.
Now just five more to play, next up for the Rangers are the Florida Panthers. Another team out of the playoff picture that will try to play spoiler. It's Marian Gaborik's turn to have a big game as the Rangers big boys did it in Tampa.
Anything can happen with only five games to play and with five teams fighting for three playoff spots. Two points out of eight place and the Rangers are playing well with the Flyers and Canadians playing not so well. Let's all not forget who we are playing the last two games of the season.
Mark down the last two games of the season as round one of the playoffs.
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