Let’s stipulate Sunday’s 4-3 victory over the Panthers at the Garden will never see the light of day in a Rangers Classic Marathon on MSG Network, but at the same time, let’s recognize there is no such thing as a bad two points in the NHL.
“We’ll take every win we can get,” Dan Girardi said after the Blueshirts bounded over .500 at 9-8 with their sixth victory in their last seven games. “We know we struggled through this a little bit and weren’t at our best, and things we have to fix, but we’ll take it.”
It might have come with a price, however. Chris Kreider, who has been a punishing physical force on the ice, may well be suspended by the Department of Player Safety for his vicious hit that sent a defenseless Scottie Upshall flying into the boards with 1:15 to go in the third.
Upshall had been sparring with Derek Stepan as they skated to their benches for respective changes when Kreider came full force and drilled the Panthers’ winger, who tumbled backward into the boards. The R...