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Rangers Slump Out Of Playoffs



The New York Rangers were put out of their misery on Saturday afternoon by the Pittsburgh Penguins when they got stomped 6-3 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The loss means the Rangers will exit the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the quarter finals for the first time since 2011— the team has made it to at least the second round in every single year since. It’s a very bitter and tough pill to swallow as they were one win away from going to back to back Stanley Cup Finals one year ago and now they’re limping out after being absolutely demolished by the Penguins.

Despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead on Saturday and also having a 2-1 lead, the Rangers simply weren’t up to the task. They could not keep up with the speed and power of the Penguins who were plainly and simply a better hockey team.

In their four losses to the Penguins the Rangers were outscored 19-6; they now have just one goal in their last four playoff games at Madison Square Garden.

Following what was probably his worst post season stretch in the NHL, Henrik Lundqvist tweeted: “A season that is hard to rate right now came to an end with a crash. The pain of disappointment will be felt for a while no denying that. Thank you for the support during the year & I promise you that it will be our mission to prove any doubters we can come back better next year. NHL is so competitive that success can never be taken for granted. With a vision/hard work I believe we can get there. I hope you do 2! #NYR.”

It’s going to be a very interesting off season for the Rangers who have a lot of important decisions to make. If they want to keep Keith Yandle they’ll have to make a few moves including jettisoning Marc Staal or Dan Girardi, which would only benefit the team going forward.

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