AVs rally to beat Rangers 3-2 in a shootout
Tyson Barrie, who tied the score at two with 52 seconds left in regulation when Colorado has an extra attacker, scored the lone shootout goal as the Rangers went home with five of eight points of their four-game road trip.
They have 91 points with four games to play and are four ahead of Flyers, who lost to Columbus and are in third place in the Metro Division, with 87, and with six to play.
Said Henrik Lundqvist: "It's a big point, but still extremely disappointing to lose. We were close, just a lucky bounce, ended up on their stick and I never picked it up until it was in the net."
Playing without top defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who logs 25 minutes a game and had 14 goals, the shuffled defense held up well through two periods and 19 minutes.
"We were in a position to win this game," said coach Alain Vigneault. "Faceoff in our end, win the draw...we've got our two most veteran Ds on the ice in the last minute, both had an opportunity to get it out, sometimes that happens."
So the Rangers cannot clinch a playoff spot with a Washington loss to New Jersey on Friday. They need 93 points. Toronto, if they win all four of their games, can still reach 92. But the Rangers can get in with two points against Ottawa at home on Saturday.
AV: O:nce we clinch, once we get a checkmark by our name, hopefully we can get that come Saturday, then we have an opportunity to get home ice."
Some more post-game reaction
Marc Staal on the tying goal: "It's something we look at and learn from, we have to be better in that situation. That's the takeaway, we wanted to end this in regulation."