This is the kind of all out dedication the Rangers need right now. Although I do have to wonder what happens with the dog’s sloppy seconds…

As we enter Sunday’s action, half of the eight opening round series sit at 2-0, meaning four teams and their fanbases face a depressing but certainly not impossible hole. As a fan in this situation, the early spring days can seem bleak, with those April showers bringing little promise of May flowers. Yes, these are indeed dark times, but do not under any circumstances step off that ledge and do something impulsive and reactionary, something that you’ll quickly regret.

Blue Shirt Banter tells us that some New York Rangers season ticket holders may have taken a drastic step prior to this afternoon’s Game 3 at Madison Square Garden against the Capitals, and they’ll be banished forever.

A welcome surprise

After scoring just nine goals during his first full season, Canucks forward Jannick Hansen came into the playoff as the classic gritty depth player often used to kill penalties. Fast forward two games and he’s thrown seven hits, and he’s already doubled his career playoff goal total.

Raffi Torres will be more careful when ordering crab

Raffi Torres was already set to miss the opening two games for the Canucks due to a suspension. But after eating what was later discovered to be a bad batch of surf and turf, he wouldn’t have been able to hit the ice Friday night anyway because of a bout with food poisoning. The rugged winger returns tonight along with Mikeal Samuelsson, who won his own battle with an illness that kept him out of Game 2.

Veteran Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa is eager to see Samuelsson and his 50 points this season return to the lineup.

“He’s a big part of our team, he’s definitely a leader in the dressing room and on the ice. He has a lot of poise with the puck out there and that’s contagious at times. He holds onto the puck and makes plays and we’re a better team when he’s in the lineup.”

Bobby Ryan isn’t happy

Predators head coach Barry Trotz called Bobby Ryan’s stomp “one of the cardinal sins in our game that you can commit.” But predictably, the Ducks forward wasn’t too pleased with the suspension that will keep him out for the next two games.

“Obviously I came down right on top of his foot. I saw it 10, 15 times today and watched it before the meeting. I don’t see a two-game suspension but it is what it is. It’s [Colin Campbell]‘s call. I’ll be a good teammate and move forward.”

Ryan was second in scoring for the Ducks this season with 34 goals, and he clearly won’t enjoy watching the post-season from the press box. But no matter how much adrenaline was surging through his veins during those vital closing minutes, there’s simply no way to justify stomping on another players’ foot with a skate blade as Ryan did to Predators defenceman Johnathon Blum.

Ryan earned his press box perch. Now we’ll just have to get him a headset and see if he’s a better offensive coordinator than Sidney Crosby.

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