MONTREAL -- The New York Rangers learned shortly before their game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night that they would face the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The matchup was cemented with Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the afternoon.
Moments after losing 1-0 to Montreal in overtime, the Rangers were finally letting themselves get excited about facing a big division rival in the playoffs.
"We know each other very well. It's always tight, it's always intense with those guys," defenseman Marc Staal said. "Best time of year and we're playing the Flyers. It's pretty exciting."