If They Miss the Playoffs...

If the Rangers miss the playoffs by a point or two, they should look back to these games as the reason why...

November 28 - Rangers 4, Florida 3, shootout. They give up a goal to Radek Dvorak with under 2 minutes to play in regulation, sending the game to a shootout, giving Florida the extra point.

February 13 - Florida 2, Rangers 1, shootout. Fred Sjostrom scores in the first period, Rangers can't do anything else the whole game, relying on Henrik Lundqvist to stop 38 shots in regulation and 4 more in overtime. Richard Zednik scores the shootout-winner, Panthers get 2 points.

The other games the two played, for the record, was a 4-0 Panther shutout on a Sunday afternoon, 11/30, and another offensively challenged 2-1 regulation loss. It was John Tortorella's first home game, and they took a 1-0 lead in the first, but gave up 2 goals in a minute in the third and lost, giving Florida another 2 points.