Bantering Points: 4/16/17

News and Notes for Sunday, April 16th, 2017

As the playoff series between New York and Montreal shifts to Madison Square Garden, the time has come for the Rangers to buckle down and fix their home-ice woes. The Rangers stole home ice advantage with their win in Game 1, so giving it right back by dropping one of the next two would only prolong the series. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Around the NHL:

  • Kyle Cantlon reports the hockey gods were mortified with the Washington Capitals' decision to hand out cowbells at the Verizon Center, and as punishment, handed them a nice, fat L courtesy of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Puck Daddy)
  • Speaking of the Maple Leafs, what a win for them. Former Ranger Brian Boyle set up Kasperi Kapanen (who has more goals in the playoffs than Phil Kessel) for the game-winning goal in double overtime to send the series back to Toronto tied up (5:55 Video via
  • It seems that Islanders General Manger Garth Snow will remain with the organization in that capacity, as Doug Weight's late season run as head coach was enough to save his job (Sportsnet)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert will be suspended for Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins after he cross checked Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl after a whistle (TSN)/