How about the captain tonight?
With banners all around the place begging him to stay, Jaromir Jagr lined up for the national anthem, alone by the far boards as he usually is, looking around the place as he always does, but maybe for the final time.
He played all those games growing up on Mario Lemieuxâ€™s right, and somebody quickly realized that if you jumble the letters in â€œJaromirâ€ you come up with â€œMario Jr.â€
He scored the winning goal for the Penguins in Wayne Gretzkyâ€™s last game here. He was a teammate in Mark Messierâ€™s last game here.
We donâ€™t know if this was his last. It still may have been. He didnâ€™t want to discuss it after the game. He said heâ€™ll sort it out when all is said and done.
But he did his best to make sure it isnâ€™t done yet. He scored two goals, had an assist, and seemed to either be on the ice, just coming off, or just coming on for every shift.
The Rangers played a lot differently in this one, a lot more sure, a little more according to the plan. They had nothing to lose, but they didnâ€™t play with recklessness.
The whole point tonight, as the Rangers said after Game 3, and on the day in between games, was “to get to Pitt.” Now they are going to Pitt with one goal in mind: To get back to New York.