The Rangers won two more games over the weekend — they jumped out early to beat Tampa Bay, and rallied in the third period to top the Panthers — and they've gotten just enough help that, against all odds, they now control their own playoff destiny. With four games remaining — they next play tomorrow night in Buffalo — the Blueshirts have 82 points, two fewer than Boston and Philadelphia. They have a game in hand on Philly, though, and it's looking more and more like the season will come down to a home-and-home against the Flyers this weekend. Sure, they're probably fighting for the right to get smoked by Washington in the first round, and yes, there comes a point at which just making the playoffs with no chance of advancing very far isn't terribly satisfying. But we're not sure finishing just outside the playoffs would lead to any significant changes, especially when ownership can open up the Post and read all about the megatrade GM Glen Sather almost made, maybe.
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