The Washington Capitals defeated Tampa Bay in Game 7 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Tampa's loss means that the Rangers will get the 28th pick in the first round.
The Rangers are still eligible to receive Tampa Bay's 2019 first round pick if the Lightning win the Stanley Cup next season.
If the Lightning do not win the Stanley Cup next season than the Rangers will continue to hold onto Tampa Bay's 2019 second round pick.
In tonight's game seven:
- Ryan McDonagh: minus two, 21:08
- Ryan Callahan: minus three, 10:43, 4 hits
- Dan Girardi: minus one, 20:03, 3 hits
- Anton Stralman: minus one, 21:03, 2 hits
- JT Miller: minus one, 13:40, 4 hits
Adam Rotter: Much like Henrik Lundqvist did in 2014, after many years of waiting and losses in the playoffs, Alex Ovechkin will get his shot at the Stanley Cup. He went through the Penguins, he went through a bunch of Rangers that have stopped him in the past and his last hurdle will be Vegas and Marc-Andre Fleury.
For Tampa, they were the best team for parts of the year, had a nice run through the playoffs in the first two-rounds and then won three-straight against the Caps. They dropped these last two and tonight, while not completely the same, reminded me of when Tampa shut out the Rangers in 2015 to eliminate them in Game 7. They have pretty much the same team locked up for next year, though JT Miller needs a new contract, so they should be contenders again at this time next year. I feel a bit of relief with Tampa losing. The first round pick in 2019 would be nice, and something they still could get, but the thought of seeing the five former Rangers with their arms around each other and the Stanley Cup in front of them made me crazy. Now there are just two teams left and hopefully, at some point soon, David Quinn and the new-look Rangers will be shaking hands on their way to the Stanley Cup Final.