Strat-O-Matic predicts Rangers win 2013 Stanley Cup

Brad Richards celebrates his first-period goal during Game Brad Richards celebrates his first-period goal during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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The Rangers have locked up the 2013 Stanley Cup.

At least that is the way the season already has ended in Strat-O-Matic.

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During the lockout, the Glen Head-based game company simulated the 2012-13 NHL season, using its computer game with the current rosters. Once the league and the players reached a collective bargaining agreement, Strat-O-Matic pressed ahead to the finish of the regular season. The Rangers placed first in the Eastern Conference (the Islanders and Devils did not make the postseason) and then endured four grueling seven-game playoff series.

They knocked off the defending champion Kings, 4-2, in Game 7 of the finals as Brad Richards scored two goals, including the clincher late in the third period. Newcomer Rick Nash assisted.

The only thing left would be a digital parade in a virtual Canyon of Heroes. Folks at Strat-O-Matic essentially say, "Don't laugh."

"Rangers fans everywhere should be very excited with the result," company spokesman Doug Drotman said. "We did a similar simulation during the basketball lockout last year and the Miami Heat defeated Oklahoma City in the finals, just like in real life."

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