2003: A New York state of mind

The Rangers will start over, Jason Allison will rest and the Red Wings will win it all in 2003.

Updated: January 1, 2003, 12:37 PM ET
By Al Morganti | Special to ESPN.com

You would be crazy to argue that the two biggest end-of-the-year victories by a New York team didn't take place on a football field in north Jersey, but a couple of local hockey teams also scored important wins before the clock struck midnight at the end of 2002.

While the New York Rangers were putting a band aid on the mess entrusted to coach Bryan Trottier with a shutout at Carolina on New Year's eve, the New York Islanders provided some real inspiration and hope for the new year with ...

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