The New York Rangers JV team (48-28-6) defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins JV team (50-21-11) by the score of 3-2. For a box score, click here.
1st Star – Patti Ann and Conor McDonald
2nd Star – “Blueshirts Off Our Backs” ceremony
3rd Star – Regular season has finally ended!
Post Game Cocktail Recommendation
Since this wasn’t a real game, it doesn’t deserve a real drink, so I’m going with a Blueberry Mojito mocktail.
Video of the Game
I’m not crying, you’re crying
While this shot probably doesn’t get past an NHL goaltender, the move Ryan McDonagh makes on this goal should have every Rangers fan giddy this morning…
Got to love the speed and power. After a week off, he looked real fresh last night. This will likely be the healthiest McDonagh has been going into the postseason in years.
And how about this quote from McDonagh after the game…
“I felt really strong in my skates and I felt fast and powerful, so that’s a good sign here to get ready.”
Great job by AV getting his older players some much needed rest this last week. Also, with Girardi and Klein missing a ton of games due to injury this season, there is less mileage on them going into the playoffs, which should benefit the elder defensemen and the team against the Canadiens and hopefully beyond.
I’d do a recap but…
I’ll have a Rangers/Canadiens preview up hopefully tomorrow, but I’ll leave you with this: The Rangers have been playing meaningless hockey since February and it’s shown in their play as they finished March and April with a record of 8-7-4. My concern is that after being on cruise control for so long, can this team flip the switch now that the postseason has begun. It’ll be interesting to see.
Here’s the series schedule:
Last night I appeared on the Hockey Night in New York podcast to preview the series, I’m on at the 60 minute mark. Listen below…