Well, it was not pretty. Actually, it would be completely fair to say it was ugly, because that was what the New York Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres game at Madison Square Garden was. However, points are not given for playing a pretty game, because all that matters is winning — which is what the Rangers did by a final score of 2-1 in the their last regular season home game of the year.
Going into this game, I am sure some believed that it would be a cakewalk for the Rangers, since they were playing a Sabres team sitting dead last in the entire Eastern Conference; but if you thought the Ted Nolan-led Sabres were just going to roll over and die, then you were sadly mistaken.
Even though the majority of this game belonged to the Sabres, the only thing that matters is the final score. With all of the miscommunication on the ice, giveaways and missed opportunities, the Rangers still found themselves very much alive in a 1-1 tie late in the third period. It was with less than two minutes remaining in that third period when Rick Nash scored the game-winning goal to cap off what was a very ugly win for the Rangers.
With this win and two points, and with the Philadelphia Flyers losing in regulation as well, the Rangers have now clinched second place in the Metropolitan Division, meaning they will have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs no matter who they face. With the last game of the season meaning absolutely nothing for the Rangers, head coach Alain Vigneault can choose to give some of his players some well-deserved rest before the postseason begins.
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