The Rangers will play Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round One of the NHL Playoffs; the Pens beat the Sabres 2-0 in Buffalo Saturday night to clinch a spot in the post-season.
Game 1 will be Thursday night April 16th at 7pm at The Garden.
The Blueshirts will face Pittsburgh in the post-season for the second straight season; last year they trailed the Penguins 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and roared back to win the series in seven games, inspired, in part, by the passing of Martin St. Louis‘ mother.
One could point to a game against the Pens this season as being the springboard to the overall success the team had this season. The Rangers entered their home game against Pittsburgh on December 8th with a 11-10-4 record. They would beat Pittsburgh that night, 4-3 (on a Kevin Klein goal in OT), and started a 42-12-3 stretch the rest of the season.