It took almost 10 years. Technically, the Rangers' last playoff victory was May 18, 1997- a Game Two win over the Flyers in the ECF which featured a Wayne Gretzky hat trick. The final one of the brilliant Great One's career.
It was just as exciting as I always envisioned. Of course they had to make it nerve wracking when Thomas Pock took only the second minor of the night which in itself speaks volumes about how much more playoff ready this team is compared to last year. And so with 71 seconds left, the Thrashers pulled Kari Lehtonen for an extra attacker. But the Rangers would dig deep and not allow a desperate Atlanta squad to steal a 'W' they earned with brilliant play from Jaromir Jagr, Michael Nylander and share will from Petr Prucha and Ryan Callahan.
I can't tell you how unbelievable it was to see them win! They played a solid road game and got the job done. Home ice is now theirs for the time being.
So what must they do on Saturday at 3 PM? Play physical against the Thrashers and continue to be disciplined like tonight.
See ya'll later!