The Rangers had about as a good a night as a team can have without playing tonight, as a few of the teams chasing them for a playoff spot all suffered losses tonight.
In Pittsburgh, James Neal had a two point night and led the Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Marc-Andre Fleury had 29 saves for the Pens. For more on the game check out Pensburgh, the SBNation home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
At the Nassau Coliseum tonight, an announced crowd of 9251 watched Blake Comeau get the game-winner in overtime for the Islanders, and put a dent in the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff hopes. Michael Grabner scored his 27th of the year. The Panthers will be kicking themselves over that one for a long time. Check out Lighthouse Hockey for the latest on the Fish Sticks.
Finally over in Newark, the slim playoff hopes of the New Jersey Devils took a hit as Erik Condra had both goals for the Ottawa Senators in their 2-1 victory. Craig Anderson had 31 saves for the Sens. Silver Seven Sens has the recap.
So the Rangers stay two ahead of the Sabres, with Buffalo still having two games at hand.
Scary scene in Montreal tonight. Max Pacioretty of the Habs was checked by Zdeno Chara of the Bruins into the glass that separates the the two benches. Pacioretty's head slammed into the the divider, and he went down to the ice. .
Pacioretty lay motionless face-down on the ice for a few moments before being stretchered off the ice. He appeared to be unconscious for some time, but appeared to have his eyes opened before being lifted onto a stretcher.
Here is the video of the hit, not for the squeamish, and the sound alone to me is chilling.