Rangers Rejected a Stanley Cup Chance

kim kardashian

The Rangers, who have never lost a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden, were trumped by the Tampa Bay Lightning in an unflattering finish to the season, and Eastern Conference finals.

The Blueshirts right from the beginning of the first period seemed lethargic, unable to setup key plays and instigate chances, like their opponents, who adopted the role as the aggressors, and were on the attack most of the game.

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(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Not all Rangers can be held accountable, as net-minder Henrik Lundqvist stonewalled the Lightning offense without the help of his defense, displaying his talent and experience, giving the Rangers every opportunity to come up with the first goal.

After two full scoreless periods of hockey, it was Lightning center, Alex Killorn, who lobbed a backhand into the crowded center of the net, barely slipping across the goal line through Lundqvist’s pads to silence the garden and make it 1-0, with 19 minutes to play in the period.

The Rangers heated up rather quickly following the first goal, but to no avail, could not pierce the red hot Ben Bishop, allowing Ondrej Palat to rip a shot off the feed from Tyler Johnson to draw the score to 2-0, remaining that score until the end of the game.

Despite the loss, fans cheered Lundqvist’s name to lift the spirits of the emotional goaltender who gave his all, and he had this to say after the game:

“I told the group here we’re a great group and we’re right there, the last three, four years I think we are one of the teams that played the most games in the playoffs. We’re right there. It’s a great group to be a part of, and we worked extremely hard. This year was not enough and we were so close.”

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(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

 

 

 

Featured Photo: (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara) 

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