Saturday night’s game between the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens meant nothing for the Rangers. They were already locked into the two seed in the Metropolitan division and will be hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. However the Canadiens won the game 1-0 in overtime.
An overtime penalty shot goal by Brian Gionta ended the game. The Rangers were playing without four of their better players for this game. Ryan McDonagh was still recovering from an upper body injury, but will be ready to go for the playoffs. Henrik Lundqvist got the night off as Cam Talbot got the nod. Also, Dan Girardi and Martin St. Louis were given the night off to rest up for the playoffs.
People shouldn’t read into tonight’s game against the Canadiens. All in all, it was a solid effort given the fact that the Rangers were missing some great players. The focus now shifts to playoffs, specifically the Flyers.
The game tonight can be considered a success because no one was injured. It would have been catastrophic if the Rangers lost a key component to their team in a meaningless game. They also got a chance to get some players, Justin Falk specifically, some playing time just in case their number has to be called at some point in the playoffs.
The Rangers did drop this game, but it is no big deal. They will now prepare themselves for the real season and the Flyers starting on Thursday.