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Rangers Clinch Playoff Berth With OT Loss to Sharks

Blueshirts Qualify for Postseason for Seventh Straight Season

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

SAN JOSE - The Rangers lost the battle, but won the war Tuesday night in San Jose when they clinched a playoff berth with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks at SAP Center.

New York scored three straight to erase a 3-1 deficit, but allowed the game-tying goal with 2:15 remaining in the game before Brent Burns scored the winner on the power play 3:10 into the extra period.

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Rangers at Sharks 3.28.17: Postgame Notes

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Team Notes

  • CLINCHING A BERTH - By earning a point in tonight's game, the Rangers clinched a berth in the 2017 NHL Playoffs. The Blueshirts have earned a playoff berth in seven consecutive seasons (since 2010-11) and in 11 of 12 seasons since 2005-06. The Rangers are one of three NHL teams that have made the playoffs in every season since 2010-11 (along with Chicago and Pittsburgh). The Rangers are one of four NHL teams that have made the playoffs 11 times in 12 seasons since 2005-06, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose. The Rangers have reached the playoffs in at least seven consecutive seasons for the fourth time in franchise history and for the first time since 1977-78 - 1986-87 (10 seasons).
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Morning Skate: Updates from San Jose

Girardi In for Klein; Puempel Skates in Buchnevich's Spot

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

SAN JOSE - Coach Alain Vigneault said he has some game-time decisions tonight before the Rangers look to secure a playoff berth against the Sharks.

The bench boss said he will dress one extra forward and defenseman during warmups before he "makes the call" on his lineup.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Defenseman Vince Pedrie

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Vince Pedrie.

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Rangers at Sharks 3.28.17: Pregame Notes

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NEW YORK RANGERS at SAN JOSE SHARKS
Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017, 10:30 p.m. ET
SAP Center at San Jose - San Jose, CA
 
Rangers: 46-26-4 (96 pts)
Sharks: 42-26-7 (91 pts)
  
TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their 77th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a three-game road trip tonight, Mar. 28, against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose (10:30 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in four of the last six games, five of the last eight games, and seven of the last 11 contests. The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 26 games (15-8-3), as well as 18 of their last 31 contests (18-10-3). The Rangers have posted a 46-26-4 record this season.

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Rangers Wrap Up Road Trip With Matchup Against Sharks

Blueshirts Need One Point to Clinch Playoff Berth

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

SAN JOSE -- The Rangers can clinch a playoff berth Tuesday when they finish their three-game road trip through California with a matchup with the San Jose Sharks.

With the New York Islanders and Carolina both losing but Tampa Bay defeating Chicago, the Rangers need just one point against the Sharks to secure their seventh straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Rangers Prospect Report: 3.27.17

Updates From Around the Farm System

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Three Stars of the Week

Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) - Fontaine registered the game-winning goal in overtime to help Rouyn-Noranda win Game 2 of its first round series against Halifax on Mar. 25. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) and a plus-11 rating in 28 career QMJHL playoff contests.
 
Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) - Gropp recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in two games last week, helping the Thunderbirds win the first two games of their playoff series against Tri-City. The Rangers' second round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft registered a power play goal in the first period of Game 1 of the series on Mar. 24, and he has now recorded 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 28 career WHL playoff games. Dating back to the regular season, Gropp has tallied a point in each of the last nine games (five goals, seven assists), in 29 of the last 31 games (25 goals, 31 assists), and 34 of the last 37 contests (27 goals, 25 assists).
 
Tyler Wall, G, UMass-Lowell River Hawks (NCAA)
- Wall posted a 1-1 record, along with a 1.47 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO last week, but his season ended as UMass-Lowell was defeated by Notre Dame, 3-2, in overtime on Mar. 26. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft posted a 12-2-0 record, along with a 1.94 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 1 SO in his final 14 appearances of the season. In 37 appearances this season, Wall posted a 26-10-1 record, along with a 2.06 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 2 SO. As of the conclusion of his season, Wall is tied for second in the NCAA in wins and ranks seventh in the NCAA in GAA this season.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Forward Vinni Lettieri

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Vinni Lettieri.

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Nell Overcomes Loss on Way to Rangers

Netminder Copes With the Loss of His Father During Strong Season at Bowling Green

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Athletes overcome adversity in the game throughout any season, whether it be through injury or through a rough patch of the schedule.

But goaltender Chris Nell overcame arguably the biggest adversity any player - or person for that matter - could have to cope with: the loss of his father, Rick, prior to the start of his final season at Bowling Green State University.

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Rangers Defeated by Ducks in Anaheim

Magic Number Remains at Two

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers' checkmark for the playoffs will have to wait at least another day.

The Ducks scored two goals in 1:56 early in the third period to break a 3-3 tie, on their way to handing the Rangers a 6-3 loss. 

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