Fatigue is a factor in New York Rangers' exit from match

Jun 11, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; the Tampa Bay Lightning shake hands with New York Rangers after the Lightning victory in game six of the Eastern 

Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sport

The Rangers loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning came in their 20th playoff contest in 40 days. 

Simply put, even for a young team like the Blueshirts, it was just too much hockey in a short amount of time. 

Vince Mercogliano of USA Today brought up those numbers to Gerard Gallant postgame asking if it was a factor. 

“I’m glad you brought that up because that’s what I was thinking– there’s no doubt it 

showed up,” Gallant responded. “When you go 7 [games twice] there’s not much break 

and guys don’t get a chance to heal much. It made it tough but we battled hard and did the best we could.” 

The Rangers struggled to score in this series past the second period of Game 3.