Rangers were awarded the President’s Trophy last night and it was glorious
The Rangers have claimed their third President’s Trophy in Franchise history. For Alain Vigneault it was his third title in the last five years. Only Detroit has won more titles (6) than the Rangers since it was awarded after the 1985-86 season.
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) April 8, 2015
Ryan McDonagh skated over to the presentation table and shook NHL Deputy Commissioner’s hand. Then the moment of truth, would the captain touch the trophy? Here was what I thought earlier…
McDonagh then put his right hand on the bottom portion of the trophy for a photo op. That’s when some fun started as the NHL Twitter account stated he didn’t touch it? I couldn’t resist…
— FullTilt Rangers (@NYR_FullTilt) April 9, 2015
The NHL responded with…
There seems to be intense debate over McDonagh’s hand placement. It may have been held behind, it may have come in contact.
— NHL (@NHL) April 9, 2015
Here’s the video proof…
Regardless, the night began with a Madison Square Garden tribute video commemorating the regular season and ended with the Rangers giving some lucky fans the jerseys off their backs.
Even though the Rangers loss to an Ottawa Senators team desperate to make the playoffs, the players understood the magnitude of their accomplishments.
[su_quote cite=”Jim Cerny of Blueshirts United” url=”http://www.blueshirtsunited.com/article/rangers-blanked-home-finale-3-0″]”I think winning the Presidents” Trophy means a lot to me and my teammates because it’s a tough league to be number one in,” alternate captain Dan Girardi said after the game. “It’s a really cool honor for us to have, and we’ll enjoy it for one more game; and after that we’ll get down to business (in the playoffs).”[/su_quote]
The Rangers are the President’s Trophy Champions. The next step will be 16 playoff wins away…I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it. This was the most stress free post I’ve written all year.