The heart still beats on the 2009 2010 New York Rangers season with a dominating win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rangers won period one 3-0, took the same lead into period three and won the third 2-1 adding up to a 5-1 win.
The win sets up a home and home series with the Philadelphia Flyers who the Rangers trail by two points. The Rangers will need to take both games from the Flyers with at least one in regulation to move onto the second season. They can also get in if the Bruins lose their last three games of the regular season and they split with the Flyers.
Bottom line Rangers take care of business against the Flyers and they get into the playoffs and could finish off as high as sixth place. But yet again, take care of your own business.
Round one of the playoffs begins at the garden on Friday night, a must win!
The Rangers wasted no time to let the hockey world know the last two games of the season will count as Erik Christensen scored just 21 seconds into play to pump the team and the garden faithful.
Vinny Prospal would follow up a Olli Jokinen partial breakaway to make it a 2-0 game and then Marian Gaborik would dish off a beauty to Christensen as he would soon have his second of the night for a commanding 3-0 Rangers lead as they took the lead into the first intermission.
Jokinen and Voros would add goals in the final session as Dion Phaneuf would do the same for Toronto breaking Lundqvist's bid for the shutout, but the king was on his game in this one stopping 26 of 27 shots earning himself third star of the game.
Well here we are! After 80 games of play and two more wins away from getting into the playoffs. Will getting into the playoffs salvage a season with many downs? I can tell you this, with two more wins it will add a lot more excitement, hope and a sigh of relief. A loss and not making the Stanley Cup Playoffs as they did the previous four seasons will be a stamp of failure and add misery and pain to the long 82 game season.
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