Just win. That was the Rangers only objective heading into Game 6. It didn’t matter how they got it done…they needed a win or their season would be finished. More importantly, the Rangers franchise was 5-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Graden, leading to some added motivation. However, it was not meant to be.
After battling back from 2-0 deficit, the Rangers rallied to tie the game, but fell in overtime. Adam Henrique netted the game winner for the Devils, who will play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night against the red hot LA Kings.
For the Rangers, it has been apparent that they seriously lack depth on their third and fourth lines. Their two top lines feature many great players, but their lack of the depth stoppped a pivotal Game 7. Ryan Callahan netted the first two Blue Shirt goals, but the rest of the Rangers couldn’t get the puck behind Marty Brodeur.
As the Rangers enter the off-season, they’ll hang their hats on their deep playoff run, $15 million in cap room, and youth on their roster. For the Devils, winning the Cup could mark the end of Brodeur’s tenure as Devils goalie and allow Zach Parise to chase a big contract in free agency. However, the LA Kings, led by goalie Jon Quick, have been sensational.
Overall, it was a nice season and Ranger fans have to be encouraged about the future of their team.