Had to skip practice today for an April visit to the tax accountant (a good man, my family has known him for years, but about as pleasurable as going to the dentist).

Speaking of swell fellows, as tweeted, Brian Boyle (top choice on my ballot) received the annual John Halligan Good Guy Award for cooperation with the media. Imagine that, a guy from Bahston doing well with the New York writers. Well, Boyle's been terrific, day in and day out, win or lose. He gets it.

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Some other news: individual playoff tix for the first two rounds go on sale Wednesday at noon though the team's web site, newyorkrangers.com and ticketmaster.com and 1-866-858-0008. Max of four per game can be purchased, and of course, there's a service charge. Kinda like taxes; can't avoid them. Well, there is the Caymans...  

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  Driving home after the 2-1 loss to the Bruins, had some old Procol Harum playing in the car, including "Whiskey Train." (I know, dating myself, but great tune) Turns out the Rangers will be on board in another, more sober, way.  

Tomorrow from 11 am to 2 pm at Grand Central (with some of the coolest architecture among commuter stations in the U.S), fans have been invited to an unveiling of three 42nd Street shuttle cars wrapped in Rangers colors. Live band, prizes, including playoff tix, and the first ride on the tricked-out wheels are on the schedule. Guests? Mark Messier and Adam Graves. I'd be there, but I'll be in Philadelphia.

There's a game, ya know.

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