With a 3-2 win over the Flyers in a shootout today, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1996-97 season. Seven seasons ago. Seriously. It's coincidentally the first season they stopped purchasing expensive veterans and they actually have a young team and a decent goaltender for the first time in years (Mike Richter was great, but after so many injuries he started to crap out towards the end of his career). Also Jaromir Jagr leading the league in points and goals and actually not fucking up a team he's on for once was a big help too. I expect him to implode the team if they start losing in future seasons though.
If all goes well they'll take the 3rd seed and end up playing the Devils (other somewhat less likely possibilities for 6th seed are Philly, Derek's Canadians or the Lightning) in the first round, which will be a pretty good series what with that rivalry thing that really hasn't been anything great for the last seven years since a decent rivalry sort of requires that one of the teams not suck ass. Either way, I'm happy because I can finally watch the playoffs and care a little! Or at least, I would if we had OLN. We might get it soon, but I don't know if it will be in time for the playoffs. Comcast can kiss my ass.