Viagra discussion board Whether or not the New York Rangers make the playoffs this season, viagra discussion board their 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils leaves a much better taste in the mouth than last season’s bitter taste following the shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Viagra discussion board With their playoff destiny out of their hands, viagra discussion board the Blueshirts now can only sit and wait the outcome of tonight’s Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes game.

Viagra discussion board If the Rangers do fall just short of the playoffs, viagra discussion board there will be plenty of time to bring down the breakdowns that cost them a shot at playing for the Stanley Cup. Viagra discussion board The 0-5-1 streak, viagra discussion board the crucial losses to the Sabres, viagra discussion board Islanders, viagra discussion board and Thrashers, viagra discussion board and the shootout loss to the Senators will be discussed over and over.

Viagra discussion board Now is a time to sit back and celebrate a team that caused Ranger fans to fall in love with their team all over again. Viagra discussion board Fans witnessed a team that spent far more nights giving it their all as opposed to phoning efforts. Viagra discussion board So much so, viagra discussion board that is caused Larry Brooks of the “NY Post” to coin them the “Black-and-Blueshirts”.

Viagra discussion board It was that “give blood, viagra discussion board play hockey” attitude that allowed them to still have a chance at the playoffs come game 82. Viagra discussion board It is also the same reason that their playoff fate rests in the hands of the Hurricanes. Viagra discussion board

Viagra discussion board The Rangers style of play that fans fell in love with is the same one that forced the likes of Ryan Callahan to miss 21 games this season – plus whatever playoffs games he might or might not miss.

Viagra discussion board While the Rangers struggled to score goals this season, viagra discussion board and they did, viagra discussion board they were automatic when they did score and manage to take a lead into the third period. Viagra discussion board Their victory over the Devils made it 29 for 29 – numbers that are very Mariano Rivera like. Viagra discussion board It is a figure that the Rangers should be proud of and look to build upon come the 2011/2012 season.

Viagra discussion board There will be plenty of time to review each of the players’ plusses and minuses this season once the Rangers fate is determined. Viagra discussion board However, viagra discussion board there are some general pluses that deserve to be celebrated – whether the Blueshirts’ season continues or not.

Viagra discussion board Ranger fans have long been clamoring to let the kids play. Viagra discussion board Whether by choice or salary cap circumstance, viagra discussion board the Rangers did let the kids play and they showed that the future is bright for the Rangers. Viagra discussion board

Viagra discussion board That bright future begins and ends with the man between the pipes – Henrik Lundqvist. Viagra discussion board While The King did have his struggles, viagra discussion board he played solid hockey down the stretch starting 26 consecutive games and keeping the offensively-challenged Rangers alive come the last days of the season.

Viagra discussion board The Callahan, viagra discussion board Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky showed that they earned top line minutes and will make a great second line if the Rangers can get a strong first line going. Viagra discussion board Derek Stepan showed that he has the potential to be an impact forward and could be the anchor of that first line.

Viagra discussion board They integrated two rookie defensemen into their top four blueline rotation. Viagra discussion board While there were some growing pains, viagra discussion board Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer joined Marc Staal and Daniel Girardi to help form the core of a solid defensive corps.

Viagra discussion board I know that there are still some tough decisions to make as the Rangers and the NHL approach the NHL Draft in June and the impending free agent frenzy that starts July 1. Viagra discussion board Again, viagra discussion board there will be time to review and preview the Rangers as they look forward to their off-season business.

Viagra discussion board Right now all eyes turn to the RBC Center in Raleigh, viagra discussion board North Carolina. Viagra discussion board The hard charging Hurricanes are 8-1- in their last 10 games while the Lightning are 6-3-1 and are cemented into the fifth slot in the Eastern Conference with a playoff matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on the horizon.

Viagra discussion board Tampa Bay also approaches tonight with a heavy heart as assistant coach Wayne Fleming battles a serious health issue. Viagra discussion board The Lightning issued the following statement today:

Viagra discussion board Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Wayne Fleming is home resting comfortably after undergoing a procedure on Thursday, viagra discussion board April 7 at the H. Viagra discussion board Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa. Viagra discussion board Fleming was recently diagnosed as having a primary brain tumor.

Viagra discussion board On the plus side, viagra discussion board it appears that Tampa Bay will be playing to win. Viagra discussion board At about 4pm, viagra discussion board the Lightning’s official Twitter site offered the following tweet:

Viagra discussion board Lightning will dress most regulars tonight against Carolina. Viagra discussion board Hedman will return from his lower body injury. Viagra discussion board Mike Smith in net. Viagra discussion board Malone out.

Viagra discussion board So for one night, viagra discussion board Ranger fans will put away the red, viagra discussion board white and blue and don the lightning bolt and join Tampa Bay fans in a chorus of “Let’s Go Lightning!”

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