April 27, 2012 12:00 AM
" It was a Game Seven, so you probably didn't need to guess that it was going to come down to a one goal and some close calls in the final minute.
It was also the 2011-2012 Rangers, a team that finished first in the Eastern Conference because they won a lot of games just like that over the course of the year. They are still alive in their quest for a Stanley Cup because they won one more of them 2-1 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
Second period goals by Mark Staal and Dan Girardi stood up thanks to a scrambling, endless effort by the Rangers across the rest of the game. In a sign that it doesn't take long to figure out the Rangers way of doing things, Staal's goal was set up by a great hustle play by Chris Kreider, who was playing the fifth game of his NFL career.
Most of the scrambling came on defense. The Rangers had to take care of a lot of business in their own end to hold onto a lead for half the game "
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