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Rangers clinch playoff berth with OT win against Canes

Apr 25, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers clinched a 2013 playoff berth with a 4-3 OT win against the Carolina Hurricanes in a way that seems fitting: by the skin of their teeth. It probably also feels “right” that captain Ryan Callahan scored the game-winner.

As has been the case quite frequently, it wasn’t always pretty.

The Rangers gave up a two-goal lead by allowing three Hurricanes goals (two by Jiri Tlusty, one by Tuomo Ruutu) but a generous bounce changed a dangerous Brad Richards shot into a power-play goal.

It’s probably also fitting that the Rangers out-shot the Canes noticeably (38-21), as that’s been a subtle theme of the Rangers’ struggles.*

This victory greatly damages the Winnipeg Jets’ playoff hopes. The Jets now need the Ottawa Senators to lose out and they need to hold on for a win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday to make it.

Meanwhile, the Rangers can turn their hopes to a role people didn’t expect them to take on before this season: as a threatening underdog.

* – And a sign that their first-round opponents should take them seriously.

Here’s the Callahan OT winner:

  1. gmenfan1982 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I can finally stop pacing around my apartment.

  2. cameltoews - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Hahahah dude I did the same thing and almost broke everything in my apt when cally scored. He is definitely one of the best captains in the league.

  3. biffnasty - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Well played Rangers..glad we were able to do what the lil isles werent..regardless, congrats to the Rangers, just another reason why Callahan is deserving to the C

  4. cruuuzcontrol - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Yay! But I blame this on Arron Asham… Is his wife seriously ill during her pregnancy?? How could he miss this game, allowing Matt Gilroy to take his spot, giving Matt Gilroy the opportunity to nearly derail the Rangers entire season?? Gilroy was brrrruuuuutal tonight!!

    • johnstone17 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      They needed to have someone better than Gilroy available in a pinch.

    • hockeygal67 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      She was in labor. She had the baby last night. Arron made it in time to be present.

  5. cameltoews - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I actually blame Torts big time for the call on Gilroy. I do not understand why he would play a Dman who hasn’t played in months over people like JT Miller, Kris Newbury, or Michael Haley. They actually play forward and have played for the rangers more than Gilroy. That call made no sense.

    • stakex - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      I think the whole thing happened right before the game, so there probably wasn’t enough time to call someone up. Gilroy has been with the Rangers, not the AHL… hes just been scratched. So its likely he was the best they could do. I’m sure they would have much rather had a forward instead of him for such an important game.

  6. cameltoews - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    I know Gilroy has been scratched. JT miller, Newbury, and Mashinter are all with the team bc the whale are not in the playoffs and those guys were called up to practice with the team while they go through the playoffs. So, there were 3 forwards with the team in Carolina when this happened.

    • hockeygal67 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      None of those guys were in Carolina. In fact, Newbury was just called up after the game (presumably to take Clowe’s place). It’s also my understanding that JT Miller is still nursing his wrist.

  7. President Charles Logan - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    the tying goal was one of the luckiest goals in hockey history… but anyways this team is bipolar , they wont make it past the first round

  8. cameltoews - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    They all were. I’m not going to get all angry about it but the rangers have what’s called a “taxi squad”. They are called up to come practice and be around the team to learn about how a team battles through the post season. By saying Newbury has been “called up” just means the rangers put in the papers to have him take an active roster spot on the team. It’s just a term doesn’t mean he isn’t already with the team.

  9. cameltoews - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    And JT miller is able to play as of 2 weeks ago. His wrist is I don’t want to say fine bc I’m sure it still bothers him but he can play. He played all through the whales push to the playoffs that they came up short on.

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