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Bantering Points: 3/23/21

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Buffalo Sabres v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 5, BUF 3 (4:50 video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Much like the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals, a Rangers’ power forward colliding with a starting netminder forced Dustin Tokarski into action, and the Blueshirts overcame his valiant effort to earn a win (CBS)
  • Mollie Walker notes that after clearing cardiac screening, Vitali Kravtsov is expected to slot into New York’s lineup sooner rather than later (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson heard that Kris Knoblauch was still upset with himself over how he deployed his players during Saturday’s victory in Washington (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano offers his takeaways from last night’s win over the lowly Sabres (LoHud)
  • Brian Abate believes that Mika Zibanejad has finally managed to bust out of the slump that rendered him ineffective for the first half of the season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Media Availability: Kris Knoblauch (5:32) and Adam Fox (3:49) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Curtis Pashelka relays word that San Jose Sharks’ forward Patrick Marleau will have to make the choice between being traded at the deadline and taking another shot at winning a Stanley Cup, or staying in San Jose to become the league’s all-time leader in games played as a member of the Sharks (Mercury News)
  • Frank Seravalli chatted with Carolina Hurricanes’ general manager Don Waddell about the status of his team, a potential contract extension for Dougie Hamilton, and more (TSN)
  • Last night’s scheduled game between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers was postponed after Montreal placed two of its players on the COVID Protocol list (Sportsnet)