The New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
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- 4:27 OTT Mike Hoffman; Assists: Erik Karlsson, Clarke MacArthur
- 14:44 OTT Mark Stone; Assists: MacArthur, Chris Wideman
- 13:32 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden
- 15:53 OTT Karlsson; Assists: Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson
- 0:53 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Zibanejad, Brendan Smith
- 19:53 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau (ENG); Assist: Stone
- Where was third period Chris Kreider all game? All series? This was the Chris Kreider the Rangers needed from the start of the playoffs. He popped up a bit against Montreal but was largely absent against the Senators until he turned the jets on to score early in the third. Third period Chris Kreider used his speed, played with urgency and, again, showed how dynamic he can be. Unfortunately we won't get to see if Third period Chris Kreider becomes regular Chris Kreider until next season.
- This was an all-time classic down by two, score early in the third, pressure like crazy but not win game for the Rangers. The Senators were primed and ready for their chance to be the team that blows the two-goal lead and/or late third period lead but the Rangers couldn't get their bounce to tie it up.
- The Rangers push, finally, in the third period may obscure things but this was a game that the Rangers very well could have taken over in the first period with their PP opportunities. They had six minutes worth of opportunities to tie the game at 1 and couldn't do it. There was also the PP opportunity they had in the third period to tie it at 3...but again, couldn't tie it up.
- The Senators deserve credit and you can argue that the Rangers lost this series as much as Ottawa won it, but in big moments Ottawa had their big guys show up. Craig Anderson did what I kept expecting Carey Price to do and was fantastic for the Senators tonight. Erik Karlsson came into this series as the best skater by a pretty big gap. He ends this series with that gap even wider.
- Ultimately I never felt that the Rangers would lose this game. I was sure they would win tonight, go to Ottawa, win on Thursday and then see what happens against the Pens or Caps. I considered Ottawa to be a tougher opponent than Montreal but mostly because of their structure and neutral zone play, none of which played much of a factor until tonight. Ottawa scored early and the Rangers didn't bring enough in the first period and it cost them.
- So now the Rangers season is over and the reflection on it and judgment begin. They made it further than they did last year, saw good developmental signs from key young players in the regular season, here and there in the playoffs and played a style that, for the most part, was effective and fun to watch. But at the same time the Rangers held a late third period lead in three of the four games they lost to Ottawa. That, to me, is the main takeaway from this series. At various times it looked like the Rangers were on the verge of stepping on the necks of the Senators but, to their credit, Ottawa was opportunistic, cashed in and when they got the chance to play defense they did. So was it a good year or a bad year for the Rangers? It was certainly a bad ending but overall I think there were enough positives and youth to keep this team on the right track. That is if they can figure out a way to get better on defense,