As youse know, thanks to what transpired before the melee in Pittsburgh today, ya boys need only a win or a Bettman Bonus Point for losing to clinch the Patrick Division and the Prince of Wales Conference and the No. 1 seed on this side of the bracket.
How much do you love Tony Granato? If only he wasn’t in Pittsburgh, I guess. But I’m appalled at the Penguins behavior. Imagine putting your tough guys on the ice at the end of a blowout loss. The Flyers, bless their little caring hearts, would never do something like that. Poor darlings. Hope they behave themselves in the season finale and throughout their first-round series. Not.
The Rangers have won four in a row, six of seven. They are tied with the 1991-92 Rangers for the second-most wins in team history (50), behind the ’93-94 team’s 52, with four left including tonight. With 107 points, they are two behind the ’70-71 and ’71-72 teams, and five off the ’93-94 franchise record 112.
Henrik Lundqvist starts his ninth in a row. Same lineup otherwise, which means no John Scott for Milan Lucic duty (remember that Lucic suckered Ryan McDonagh at the buzzer in the last meeting. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if the next three games are particularly nasty, starting tonight.
The Rangers have won all three meetings this season against the defending champs, and have won five in a row and 12 of the last 16 against the Bruins.
To honor the Flyers for beating the Penguins, and to honor Mr. Snider, Comcast, NBC Sports, Dave Schultz, Peter Laviolette, Tostitos and Rinaldo, the Empire State Building will be lit in Orange Crud and Black tonight. With the NHL’s blessing, of course.
Tonight’s trivia question: In their 86-year history, how many times have the Rangers finished the regular season in first place. No googling. Put your answers below. No prizes.