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Rangers keep pace with Islanders after slipping by Leafs

Apr 10, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

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Phil Kessel had his second straight two-goal game against the New York Rangers, but this time, his Toronto Maple Leafs fell short of the win.

The Rangers kept pace with the New York Islanders by notching their 44th point of the season with Wednesday’s 3-2 (SO) victory, but remain in eighth place because of the regulation/overtime win tiebreaker:

7. Islanders: 20-16-4 for 44 points, 17 ROW
8. Rangers: 20-16-4 for 44 points, 16 ROW

Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin powered the win by producing one-goal, one-assist nights each, with Hagelin breaking a 10-game goal drought in the process.

The Rangers, Islanders and perhaps even the Winnipeg Jets might also be interested to chart the decline of the sixth place Ottawa Senators. While the resilient Sens currently hold that spot with 44 points because they have a game in hand, they’ve also lost five games in a row.

The Buds fell short of a victory, but with 49 standings points, they seem firmly in fifth place. Depending on how the Northeast Division race shakes out, that could mean their first playoff series in ages could come against either the Boston Bruins or (gulp) the Montreal Canadiens.

  1. jdrew506 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Is it just me or are Micelleti and Rosen the 2 biggest homers in all NHL announcers. It was a crazy game however everything was a great Ranger play or a Ranger breakdown. They cant even give credit to anyone unless they are wearing a Ranger uniform.

    • nicknyhc - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Sounds like you’re the homer. Sam and Joe are about as unbiased as it gets.

      You didn’t hear them giving credit to Phanuef for his coverage on Nash all game? Or the credit they gave to the Leaf’s coach for his match ups he was running all game? Or the offensive talent of Kessel? You didn’t hear them talking about how both teams had momentum at different parts of the game, and both teams had great chances in OT? What about the shout out and congrats they gave to Kessel’s sister for scoring the OT game winner in the woman tournament this week?

      Not sure what game you were watching.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    So glad there aren’t shootouts in the playoffs. Both teams had good chances to end it in OT though.

  3. mrpigs - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Someone has obviously never listening to the Penguin guys, root sports is insufferable

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Haha I’m a Pens fan and saying Steigerwald and Errey are insufferable is being generous. I always listen to Lange’s radio broadcast. The TV delay is annoying but it’s worth it. He’s so much more knowledgeable. Steigerwald is probably one of the big reasons so many Pens fans think the Pens have no weaknesses and are god’s most gracious gift to the sport of hockey and all other teams/players must bow to them. One of the worst moves FSN/Root ever made was getting rid of Lange.

  4. hanktheking - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Rosen is beyond unbiased in some other markets he may not even have a job given he is so complimentary of the other team every night.

    And Pittsburgh’s broadcasts on ROOT are just simply put the absolute worst. ^ guy above is right their radio broadcaster is solid but as I always say, put ROOT on MUTE and your life gets better.

  5. desertfan - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Anyone want to get rid of Kessel now???

    Great move Burkie.

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