It’s Onto Sunday in Philly for the New York Rangers

April 9th, 2010 by Matthew Calamia Leave a reply »
It seems like every game since the defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins three weeks ago has been a must-win for the New York Rangers. At that point, the Blueshirts found themselves seven points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, with not many games remaining in the schedule.

Not until last night, however, has it been an official lose and you're out game. 

The Rangers held off the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Friday night at Madison Square Garden in the first game of a home-and-home series which concludes Sunday afternoon at the Wachovia Center, and thus remain in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

The Rangers, who have now gone 7-1-1 in their last nine games, fought off an early goal by Mike Richards after a rare blunder by Marc Staal just 40 seconds into the game, with goals from Chris Drury, Brandon Dubinsky, Marian Gaborik, and Jody Shelley, who is known more for his fist than his finesse. 

"It was an emotional game and it was physical," said Gaborik, whose game-winning goal late in the second period off a Chris Pronger turnover, tied his career high total of 42. "It was the same kin ...

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