THURSDAY UPDATE: A look at the trends in the playoff race at Blueshirt Bulletin+ today -- click here to read it and see today's links.
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Sean Avery 2.0 at Blueshirt Bulletin+ today with extensive quotes from the newly minted zenmaster himself, plus Tortorella, Drury, and Callahan weighing in -- click here to read it, see a full size image of the accompanying photo strip, and access today's handful of links.
The Rangers were desperate for a win, desperate for two points to give them a little bit of cushion in the playoff race after two straight losses and three losses in their last four. Especially going up against the Devils, still a formidable foe despite their four-game losing streak. But if this game was born of desperation, the Rangers never showed it, methodically dismantling their cross-Hudson rivals with one of their best three-zone sixty-minute performances of the season, a 3-0 win that turns the dial back to a probable playoff berth. "We knew we had to go in and play desperate hockey," said Ryan Callahan. "But if you chance it too much," he went on, "you're not gonna win many games. So we controlled our emotions pretty well, stuck to our systems, and got the job done."
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