2013 NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers Season Ends As Offense Sputters Again
The Rangers played a phenomenal first period. They were limiting chances and getting a forecheck going against the Bruins. They even scored a power play goal for the second straight game. But the second period came and the Rangers just did a complete 180 in their play.
After Mats Zuccarello took a questionable hooking penalty the Bruins converted yet again on the power play. Torey Krug, who has killed the Rangers all series long, ripped a shot past Henrik Lundqvist on the glove side. Lundqvist stood on his head once again but got no help from the team in front of him. From there the game was completely dominated by the Bruins.
The Rangers had 4 scoring opportunities in the first period alone. They did not acquire another scoring opportunity until the beginning of the third period. This is unacceptable in a game where your season is on the line. The Rangers had their best chance to tie the game when Ryan Callahan broke through on a breakaway but was stoned by Tukka Rask. This was the Rangers last good scoring opportunity for the entire game.
The depth of the Bruins killed the Rangers all series long and it again hurt them in game 5. Gregory Campbell scored two goals as the fourth line dominated again. The depth of the forwards is something the Rangers must address in the offseason.
The Rangers will face a long offseason with many questions. They should be a contender next year if they address some glaring issues.