Mark it down: November 1.
If the Rangers end up as a viable playoff team, it’s because they were able to live up to the promise of last night’s 4-3 overtime win at Anaheim. If they sputter out, it’s because what we saw last night proved to be an aberration.
It wasn’t perfect, necessarily, but in coming back twice against the best team in the league, and then finally getting a clutch goal from their captain, the win was the most complete, resilient showing in what has been, to date, a painfully inconsistent season.
A couple of quick hits: