With a point last night for a total of 67, with 16 games to play in the regular season, the Rangers are in ninth place. They picked up a point on Atlanta (and how big will that game be next Friday night in Georgia?)  and one on Boston, which lost Marc Savard, who was knocked out and wheeled off the ice after on a late, high head shot from Matt Cooke last night.

              Montreal moved into seventh place with a last-minute comeback and shootout win against Anaheim, and the Rangers remain two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot, which the Bruins hold.  The Rangers have games with Montreal at home and Boston on the road coming up later this month.  


                      Chris Drury mirrored the thoughts of about everyone who had watched Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and Team USA teammate earn the MVP award at the Winter Olympics.
                     “With those two guys (Miller and Henrik Lundqvist) in net and us trying to play better defensively every single night, and how tight they play, you had to figure it was going to be a low one,” Drury said after Miller and Lundqvist dueled until 2:22 of overtime, until Patrick Kaleta’s bank shot off Lundqvist from behind the right post gave Buffalo a 2-1 win.           
                   “I knew I was in trouble because he (Kaleta) was back so fast on the rebound, said Lundqvist, who finished with 30 saves, including five in overtime. “I was just hoping for one of our guys to take him out. When you are down on the ice like that, I know it’s not a good chance that I will stop it. ”
                     Because the Rangers’ scoring troubles continues, even with Marian Gaborik in the lineup for the second consecutive game, Lundqvist had little margin for error.       
                 After two scoreless periods, Adam Mair beat Matt Gilroy down ice on a simple dump-in, curled away from him, found Derek Roy with a pass and headed for the slot. Mair’s wrister, his fourth goal of the year, beat Lundqvist at 14:03 of the third.
                    It appeared as if that tally would stand, with Miller sharp and the Rangers unable to connect. But Brandon Dubinsky dove headfirst to poke in a loose puck at 18:37 on a power play with Ryan Callahan crashing the crease as well to tie the game and salvage at least a point.  It was the Rangers’ first goal in 149:30 since a second-period score against the Penguins.                  
                    “I think we’re getting our chances,” said Callahan, who had drawn a penalty on Jochen Hecht after a headlong rush down the left boards and a save by Miller, creating  their third power play, just in time. Miller ended with 35 saves.
                       In the four games since the Olympic break, the Rangers have gone 1-1-2, compiling four of a possible eight points. The fifth game in the toughest stretch of the final 20 games comes on Wednesday in Newark against the Devils.
                      “We needed the two points, we got one,” said coach John Tortorella, who had called out his stars before the game, saying that Gaborik, Olli Jokinen, Vinny Prospal and the other top players needed to step up at this time of year, with the Rangers still under the playoff bar in the Eastern Conference with 16 games to play.
                     “I thought we developed some goods scoring chances. I thought we had imporoved in that area our last two games. We have to keep on fighting. That’s all we can do. There are a lot of questions about offense. The way we are trying to approach it is to make sure we are doing the right thing away from the puck so we can have the puck and generate more offense.”
                   Gaborik, who played 18:49 and looked a little more comfortable than against the Capitals, said his lower-body injury, suspected to be a groin pull, was feeling better, but said that it was not just up to him.
                   "We can’t win with one goal,” he said. “Everybody has to contribute out there.”   

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                  Chanting slogans and waving handmade signs, about 100 jersey-wearing fans gathered across the street from the Garden entrance to call for the ousting of President and General Manager Glen Sather. The rally, organized more than a month ago on the internet, lasted less than an hour.
           “It’s a start,” said Margaret Hurley of Brentwood, whose sign listed some of the players passed over in the first round of the 2003 draft when the Rangers chose Hugh Jessiman. “At least we’re having our voices heard.”
           Sather, who hasn't given any indication that he would be stepping down in the near future, wasn't in town; he is attending the GM meetings in Florida.
                  Michael Del Zotto’s assist on Dubinsky’s goal was his 22nd of the season and second in three games since returning from the 50-stitch gash in the chest from Evgeny Malkin’s skate on Feb. 12...Jokinen had four shots and also earned an assist, his 30th and third in three games. Ryan Callahan led the rangers in shots with six…Michal Rozsival led everyone in ice time with 24:48, and was on the ice for Adam Mair’s goal from in front…A night after being benched in the third period for all but two shifts, Wade Redden played seven shifts and 4:41 in the third…Jody Shelley, who hasn’t been much of an improvement over Donald Brashear, played a total of 6:04.
                     Invoices for playoff tickets have been mailed. As usual, prices for season-ticket holders increase by rounds. The cost for some seats in the 400s for the first round, for example, has risen by eight percent over last year’s post-season, the second round by 14 percent and the third and fourth rounds by 10 percent each.
                         If Marian Gaborik felt he couldn’t play, coach John Tortorella said he would have inserted Enver Lisin. But Lisin and Aaron Voros were healthy scratches again…Scarsdale native Pat Caputo, a youth hockey league founder and coach for 15 years,  was presented with the 3rd annual Emile Francis Award for excellence in youth and amateur hockey development by Nick Fotiu and Brian Mullen....The Rangers have Monday off and return to practice at 11 on Tuesday.

Stats and more stats:   Rangers were credited with 22 blocked shots....Lundqvist is 4-1-2 with a 2.12 GAA in his last seven games...The Rangers are 6-2-2 in the second game of back to backs and have two more this season...