March 29, 2012 12:00 AM
" The Rangers don't need any outside help in order to win first place in the Eastern Conference, but that doesn't mean it isn't nice to get a little.
Tuesday night saw the Rangers clinging to a one-point lead over the Penguins with back-to-back road games in Minnesota and Winnipeg staring them in the face. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, would be squaring off with the Islanders twice in three days with the first game coming on their home ice.
Such a situation smelled ripe for the Rangers to be looking up in the standings at someone for the first time this season, but smells can be deceiving. Not only did the Rangers win 3-2 in Minnesota to assure themselves another day at the top of the food chain, they also got help from a team that would sooner through kerosene on a fire at Madison Square Garden than offer a helping hand.
The Islanders, on the verge of being officially eliminated from the playoff chase, overcame an injury to starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov and 54 Penguins shots to come up with their first win in Pittsburgh in nearly four years "
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