In the final minutes of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final Friday, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist sat on his team’s bench, a thousand-yard stare having settled in behind his eyes, his head occasionally hanging down. You felt for him, because it wasn’t his fault the Lightning eliminated the Blueshirts with a 2-0 victory. Sure, the game-winner he allowed to Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn at 1:54 of the third period wasn’t the finest moment of his impressive NHL career, but the Rangers weren’t unable to defend their conference championship because he let down his teammates.
No, the Rangers are now done for the year for the reason many have seen coming for a while now: their anemic offense once again made lemons out of lemonade and was unable to provide any goals in support of Lundqvist for the second time in the series. Lundqvist lived up to his end of the bargain, but the Blueshirts failed to far too often in the 2015 post-season, and on Friday, it was the end of them. Read more