2013 NHL Playoffs: 5 Reasons The New York Rangers’ Season Is Over
5 Reasons The New York Rangers' Season Is Over
Going into the season, most people were expecting the New York Rangers to make a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Their season, however, got off to a bumpy start.
Inconsistency has been the biggest problem for this team all year long. Coach John Tortorella even admitted it that they were not playing their best each and every night like last year's team. This was expected after a major overhaul which brought in super star forward Rick Nash. The Rangers struggled, like always, to score goals at a consistent rate and this led to a mid-season overhaul.
Struggling sniper Marian Gaborik was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a package deal that included Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Derek Dorsett. GM Glen Sather also went out and traded for rugged forward Ryan Clowe and re-signed Mats Zuccarello.
All of these players made major impacts as the Rangers heated up down the stretch and got the No. 6 seed for the playoffs run. For the fourth time in five years, they were set to face the Washington Capitals.
Once again, the series was tightly played with the Rangers winning Games 6 and 7 to advance to the second round. They would take on the Boston Bruins in a playoff series for the first time in 40 years.
However, this playoff series is one the Rangers will not want to remember. All of the Rangers flaws were on display in this series as they got in a 3-0 hole and eventually lost in five games, ending a season that started with so much hope. Here are the five reasons why the Rangers' season is over.
5. Second Periods
Early in the season, a big problem for the New York Rangers was the second period. Out of the 28 goals they gave up in this series, 14 of them came in the second period. This is something that has to change in the future as one period can't hold a team back.
4. Fourth Line Struggles
The fourth line of the Boston Bruins was dominant. It didn't matter who they were playing against, they were outworking everyone and scoring huge goals. In Game 5, Gregory Campbell had two goals, including the game winner. In Game 3, Daniel Paille scored the game-winning goal. The New York Rangers' fourth line did nothing in this series. No matter who was out, they were being dominated by the Bruins' fourth line. This is a depth issue that Glen Sather has to address this offseason.
3. Offensive Struggles
The New York Rangers' once again had trouble scoring goals. They expected goalie Henrik Lundqvist to stand on his head every game and bail them out. The goalie can't stand on his head every game if you expect to win a Stanley Cup. The Rangers scored more than two goals only once this series, which is baffling given the amount of talent they have. They are either missing a key piece or the coaching is holding them back.
2. Special Teams
The special teams of the New York Rangers was a big problem in this series. The power play did not score a goal until late in Game 4. The penalty kill was not as good as it was last year, allowing the Boston Bruins to score big-time power play goals. They were the third-worst penalty killing team in the playoffs. The Rangers have to find a way to rebuild their abysmal power play if they want to go anywhere next year.
1. Disappearance Of Rick nash
Rick Nash was supposed to be the missing piece for the New York Rangers. He was the one who was supposed to put them over the top by scoring timely goals in big playoff games. Instead, he shriveled up under the pressure and scored just one goal in 12 playoff games. Nash had better find a way to get his playoff demons out, or else the Rangers will be facing another early exit next season.