Canadiens and Flyers Runs Leaves Rangers Wondering What Could Have Been

May 14th, 2010 by Mike Rappaport Leave a reply »
One goal. One point.

That is what kept the New York Rangers, who despite a disappointing season finished with a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games, from making the playoffs.

Instead, the Philadelphia Flyers finished the season as the No. Seven seed, and are one win away from pulling off as impossible of a playoff victory possible, coming back from an 0-3 deficit, and going to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Montreal Canadiens, who finished the regular season as the No. Eight seed, have upset the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins behind great goaltending from Jaroslav Halak, and strong play from Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, and Scott Gomez.

Seeing how the playoffs have shaped up after two rounds, if the Rangers had won the shootout on the last day of the season, sent the Flyers home for the summer, and played Washington in the first round, it's very likely that the Rangers could have been in the same position as Montreal. 

In fact, there is one major similarity between the way Montreal has won in the playoffs, and how the Rangers won (and would have to have won in the playoffs) during ...

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