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Bantering Points: 3/31/19

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St Louis Blues v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks takes note of one of the strangest games in Rangers’ history, a historic feat between the Rangers and Devils this season, and more (NY Post)
  • Denis P. Gorman highlights how a second consecutive season of missing the playoffs with no end to the rebuild in sight has Henrik Lundqvist in a different mindset (Newsday)
  • Mike Mazzeo details how Alexandar Georgiev has gone from a blip on the Blueshirts’ radar to the next goalie in a long line of successful projects from Benoit Allaire (NY Times)
  • Jim Madden reminisces on some of the organization’s most memorable forward lines (Blue Line Station)
  • Ed Stein discusses how New York’s trade deadline fire sale has helped propel the team closer to the bottom of the standings (Empire Writes Back)
  • Jess Isner caught up with Chris Drury in the wake of being named general manager of the American national team at the 2019 IIHF World Championships (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn (3:36) and Tony DeAngelo (1:31) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Scott Billeck makes the argument for Anaheim Ducks’ goaltender John Gibson to be a Vezina finalist (NBC Sports)
  • With an emphatic 5-1 victory over the shamelessly tanking Buffalo Sabres, the New York Islanders clinched their spot in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Sportsnet)
  • Washington Capitals’ forward Alexander Ovechkin broke the 50 goal plateau for the 8th time in 13 full seasons, scoring two goals en route to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning (TSN)