I really hate the Montreal Canadiens. I mean, REALLY hate them. Not quite Philadelphia Flyers or Pittsburgh Penguins hate, but man oh man it’s close. Which makes watching the Rangers get manhandled by the mighty midgets so damn often really tough to swallow, but man oh man, what a great way to get some revenge on them.
The thing about it is, even though the score was 6-3, it felt like the Rangers really should have had like 10 or 12 goals. Finally the boys in blue get some luck on their side when Callahans goal somehow magically just made it in and then bounced out, but even then they had enough chances that even the luck they got wasn’t all that necessary. Really Alex Auld played a magnificent game in relief of Carey Price. However the Rangers kept working hard and were able to seal the deal when Vinny Prospal scored a crucial power play goal late in the 3rd.
The Rangers power play has really sparked them on this late season winning rush that they have had, getting 10 out of a possible 12 points in their last 6 games. In that span the Rangers have scored 7 power play goals and 1 short handed goal. Those specialty teams have made a huge difference as the Rangers look to make a strong push towards the playoffs. Frankly the Rangers have been a pretty dangerous team all year round. I mean, look at the teams they have beaten…Vancouver, Philly, Washington, Pittsburgh (when they had Crosby and Malkin), San Jose, Los Angeles, etc. Not to mention that even in the games they have lost they are rarely ever blown out. No, this team has a knack of staying in close games, and grinding out points and wearing out the opposition. Do I think this team will make the playoffs? Yes. Do I think they can do some damage in the playoffs? Perhaps. With that said, this is still an incredibly young team that needs some seasoning before they can really make a run at it. First step is to make the playoffs, and you have to think that this nice little run they have had will help them on their way. With 10 games remaining if the Rangers go 5-5 Carolina will have to go 7-3 to take em out of the playoffs, and with their schedule down the stretch (Tampa three times, Washington, Montreal, Ottawa, Detroit, Atlanta, Buffalo and the Islanders it is highly unlikely they will do that. Granted, it was highly unlikely the Devils would make a run for a playoff spot, so what the hell does highly unlikely even mean nowadays.
Just win baby!