Another year, another disappointment. That is the only way you can describe every single season of New York Rangers hockey if you are a Rangers fan. With the Rangers being down 3-1, dropping three straight games after winning Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and now playing Game 5 in Pittsburgh, all signs are pointing to the Rangers’ season being over later tonight.
So whatever you do, Rangers fans, do not have your hearts set on any type of series comeback for the Rangers. This is because not only are the Penguins playing well, but the Rangers are also playing so poorly. In Game 4 alone, the Rangers had over 20 turnovers, and as if their power play could not get any worse, they gave up an ugly shorthanded goal which I think completely sums up their season. Let me explain.
This season started out just as bad as you can imagine for the Rangers, in struggling to adapt to new head coach Alain Vigneault‘s system and the brutal nine-game road trip to start the season. Then the Rangers were able to turn it around in the second half of the season, giving many fans false hopes of being a real contender in a serious Stanley Cup run this season. And now in the end, just like I’ve said all season long, the Rangers have proved that they just do not have enough, or even have what it takes, to win the Stanley Cup this season. Their 2013-14 season will end just like their 2013 season — with a second round elimination in five games.
What the Rangers have proven over these last few seasons is that it was never the coaches, whether John Tortorella and now Alain Vigneault, but it is the players. The lack of character, heart, effort and the sheer will and determination to win does not exist with this team. When your best players, like Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Dan Girardi, and others do not up their games in the postseason and instead play at regular season speed, it just goes to show that the players on this Rangers team lack leadership, drive, focus and simply do not get it nor have what it takes to win a Stanley Cup.