Sunday: The Rangers win a tough road game in Philadelphia.
Monday: After falling behind 3–0 to Boston, the Rangers rally for a wild 5–3 victory. Defensive defenseman Michael Sauer, a rookie, scores the game-winning goal.
Tuesday: Word comes that Ryan Callahan will be out indefinitely with a broken ankle suffered during the previous night's game.
Wednesday: The Hurricanes blank Detroit to move to within two points of the Rangers.
Thursday: The Rangers look flat for much of the game in a 3–0 loss to Atlanta, which causes them to lose control of their own destiny.
Friday: The Hurricanes pound that same Atlanta team, 6–1, to bump the Rangers out of the playoff picture for the time being.
Saturday afternoon: Needing at least a point to stay alive, the Rangers beat the Devils 5–2. Chris Drury, on his first shift since returning from an injury, scores his first goal of the season. Defensive defenseman Ryan McDonaugh, a rookie, scores the game-winning goal. It's his first in the NHL.
Saturday night: The Hurricanes, playing at home against a talented Tampa Bay team that has nothing to play for, fall behind 4–0 midway through the game, lose 6–2, and are eliminated from playoff contention, giving the No. 8 seed to the Rangers.
...i've got to admit I was exhausted Saturday night. The range of emotions I went through last week had finally taken its toll. Let's hope the playoffs will be a little less stressful. Yeah, right.
I had a fundraiser to go to on Saturday so I couldn't watch the game, but I snuck a look at the score a couple times. I really felt it on Sunday and went to bed at 8:00PM and completely crashed. Too much for one week. Thank goodness it worked out in our favor.
@Random_Ranger I absolutely agree. I started watching a stream of the game online, but I had to turn it off b/c I was going crazy.
@KevinDeLury I must have been feeling masochistic because I stuck it out watching the whole thing online. And I was going crazy too. Had to laugh at the Drury comment about Lundqvist being intense watching the game, because if fans were going nuts, I can't even imagine what a player like Hank would have been like.