New York Rangers Proved They Belong Among NHL Elite this Season

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Their names won’t be etched in the Stanley Cup but this New York Rangers team will forever be etched in the hearts of Rangers’ fans. While there will be no victory parade through Manhattan and while the pain of missed chances and blown leads will be there it shouldn’t be something to be ashamed of. The New York Rangers proved they are one of the NHL’s top teams and this might not be their only visit to the Stanley Cup Finals.

There isn’t a Rangers’ fan out there that should be sad. A few puck bounces the Rangers’ way and they might be the ones holding the Cup. This team has everything to be proud of. From the start of the season where the Rangers were forced to play nine straight games on the road to open the season after spending the entire preseason away from Madison Square Garden. Maybe that is the reason they became such a force away from home. Henrik Lundqvist started the year off slowly but might have walked away from the Stanley Cup Final with the label of the greatest goaltender to ever put on the pads for the Rangers and might be the best in the NHL.

Chris Kreider, no longer fearing being put in the doghouse by John Tortarella, flourished under Alain Vigneault and elevated the game of everyone around him. Martin St. Louis got off to a dreadful start with the Rangers but became a Ranger throughout the playoffs with big goals and even bigger heart. Ryan McDonagh should be in the Norris Trophy conversation for years to come and might add a few to his mantle in the process.

It was okay for the Rangers to be emotional and devastated after this series. They played their heart out and left everything on the ice. One could argue that they played better in the three losses in Los Angeles than they did in their one win. Somehow, it wasn’t meant to be. That doesn’t mean this is the end. The Rangers have the talent to make a deep run in the playoffs any given year and they should be considered among the best in the NHL. With Henrik in net they have the ability to be the best. It won’t be long before the Rangers get their Cup and the fans get the parade.

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  • newyorkislanderfancentral

    Your team went 13-12 against Ray Emery, concussed Steve Mason and Dustin Tokarski with five goalies trapping in front of Flukeqvist and only beat horrid Philadelphia on a Dan Carcillo fluke goal.

    If Price is healthy you lose to the Habs.

    What’s next Rick Nash played hard and was a great defender.

    The only reason you even were able to get a lead and then collapsed with zero third period goals in five was because the Kings were exhausted entering the series.

    and because of Flukeqvist five man goalie unit trapping you got outshot 27-4 besides the one game Fluke gagged giving up three on fifteen shots and the sixty million dollar 4th liner who gives great speeches. At least this time he was not scratched so there’s your improvement.

    You won’t be back, you were closer last year beyond playing injured goalies with St Louis who needed 25 games to score an even strength goal against Fleury.