The Rangers season came to a screeching halt Saturday night, like a strike of lightning (pun intended) in a 2-1 loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A series that will be best remembered for the Rangers blowing a 2-0 series lead and a 2-0 score in Game 3 only to lost that game, en route to four straight losses to the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions.
The Rangers never led in Game 6. Trailing 1-0 for seemingly the entire night as they tried everything they could to get a shot in, and coming up short each time. Finally some seven minutes into the third period, the Rangers put the puck in the net on a shot by Frank Vatrano on a power play, tying the game at one.
For a little while, Rangers fans could feel that they had a chance.
That feeling lasted only 21 seconds when Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the night to put the Lightning up 2-1. They wouldn’t need another score the rest of the way.
Igor Shesterkin who got better with each and every game of this postseason, finished with a 2.05 GAA in the playoffs. After a rough start against Pittsburgh in the opening round, Shesterkin was brilliant the rest of the way; he gave his team a chance to win every night it touched the ice.
His opponent in this series, Andrei Vasilevskiy was just a little bit better. He gave up only one goal in each of his lats three starts in this series, all wins by the Lightning. He was a huge reason why Tampa returns to the Cup Finals for the third straight year.
“It’s a great locker room. You wish for a better ending - but definitely promising.”— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 12, 2022
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So after a great season, the Rangers season is over. It was a season to remember, and one to build off of when they return to the ice in October.