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As for encouraging news about the Rangers, that part is more elusive. But each game provides new hope. As Scott Gomez said yesterday, it sometimes only takes a puck off someone’s backside (although he didn’t use those exact words) to shake a team out of a scoring slump. And while the Rangers have yet to design any plays to that effect (“OK, Jags, you go to the net and Gomer will redirect a pass off your rear. If that doesn’t work, there’s always Malik’s head.”), the point is that there is an element of luck that shouldn’t be discounted.
Yes, the Rangers need more than that moving forward, especially tonight against the Pittsburgh Crosbys. But when you’re as close as they were Saturday against Boston, sometimes it does come down to better bounces (and speaking of which, here’s hoping the Mellon Arena ice is better than Boston’s. There are few words more disheartening in hockey than “The circus was just here.”)
It’s an important game on any number of levels, one being that it’s the last game before a seven of eight stretch at the Garden. And even a remotely encouraging showing tonight is a much better way to return back home.