Battered and bruised, the New York Rangers and New York Islanders have overcome key personnel losses to make the playoffs.
That doesn't mean they'll relax yet, with their final matchup of the regular season being a crucial one.
The Islanders can take a big step toward relegating the Rangers to a wild card by completing their first-ever sweep of the season series at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
Despite finding out beforehand that captain Ryan McDonagh will miss the final three games of the regular season and is uncertain for the playoffs with an upper-body injury, the Rangers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Tampa Bay 3-2 at home Tuesday. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 of 21 shots in a brutal first period for the Rangers, who turned the tide after killing off Tanner Glass' five-minute major late in the first. >> Read more