The Rangers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0. Alex Killorn scored on a backhand shot from the slot through a screen about 2 minutes into the third period, and Palat scored with a nice shot on a 3-on-2 with about 9 minutes left in the period. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, the Rangers took 22 shots on goal.
-Well, that was a tough one. After an impressive showing in game 6, along with the Rangers history in game 7’s at home, I was feeling very confident going into this game. Unfortunately for the Rangers, Tampa executed their game plan perfectly and won the game.
-This game played out just like game 5. Tampa weathered the storm, until they were able to capitalize on a chance, and then completely sat back and protected the lead. The Rangers had 2 powerplays and a few other chances to score the first goal, but didn’t capitalize, and it cost them.
-Once again you have to feel for Lundqvist, he made some incredible saves and once again carried this team. He carried them all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern conference finals. Their 3rd ECF appearance in the past 4 seasons.
-As it so often does, I think the big difference in this series was execution. The Rangers had some great chances, but couldn’t finish. Tampa Bay was able to come through when they had grade A chances much more often throughout the series, and that was the difference.
-The Rangers dressed 7 D and 11 F tonight, which was because McDonagh has been playing with a broken foot. Wow.
-I think that Cooper deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done with the Lightning. Cooper has been a winner at basically every level that he’s coached, and got the most out of his team in this series, getting them to execute their gameplan when it mattered most.
-All in all, this was another disappointing end to a very impressive season for the Rangers. Success is ultimately measured in championships, where legacies are built and legends are born. That being said, the Rangers continue to cement themselves among the elite teams in the league. Hopefully they can learn from this experience, and achieve the ultimate goal in the near future. For now, take some time to think about some of the great moments from this season, it is certainly one that I will always remember.
Sometime in October 2015. Thanks for reading my thoughts on games throughout the season! Enjoy your summer!