• Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1 (SO): This game was doubly delicious for the Rangers, who won and moved into a tie with the Hurricanes for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Even though Jaromir Jagr doesn't like shootouts, he's got to like the way the Rangers have played this week. With the exception of Saturday's stinker against Pittsburgh, the Rangers performed well over their last four games. They've gone 3-0-1, and all the games came against teams ahead of them in the standings. They still have work to do, but they could be coming alive at the right time.

  • In other local hockey news, Chris Simon received a 25-game suspension from the NHL on Sunday for his stick-to-face hit on Ryan Hollweg. If the Islanders play more than 25 games between the regular season and the playoffs, Simon won't be on the ice. If they play fewer, he'll sit out the balance next season before returning. Seems just -- that hit was unnecessary and unprovoked.