Are youse guys going to watch the game today?
Some of the other writers and I were talking after Thursday’s game. Other than the 1970 game we discussed last week—when the Rangers needed to win and score more goals than Montreal, and both the Rangers and Habs, in separate games, pulled their goalies on the last day of the season—we could think of only one instance where the Rangers went into the final day of the season in a position like this.
That would be 1988, and a night I’ll never forget. John Vanbiesbrouck shut out Quebec to put the Rangers in eighth place, temporarily. Then the Rangers and the staff and the reporters sat around the players lounge and watched the Devils’ game at Chicago, which started an hour later. And of course John MacLean scored in OT to put the Devils into the playoffs for the first time, and the Rangers out.
I’m sure in the last 40 years there might have been another final day that was like today, but I honestly can’t remember one. Can you guys?
Anyway, we’ll check on Callahan before the game, but I think he’s going to be a gametime decision. Boyle appears ready to return.
It’s all pretty simple after Boston won and Montreal got the Bettman Bonus Point. Not many “ifs” left. If the Rangers win, they’re eighth and they get Washington. If the Flys win, the Rangers are done and the Flys finish seventh. Doesn’t matter if it’s in regulation, OT or a skills competition. Winner is alive. Loser is finished.