Rangers eliminated from playoffs
Lack of scoring at even strength, fatigue also factors in loss to Lightning in Eastern Final
The New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Tampa Bay
Lightning on Saturday, losing 2-1 in Game 6 of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena.
The Rangers won Games 1 and 2 against the Lightning but then lost four straight games for the first time all season.
They were the second seed in the Metropolitan Division after finishing the regular season with 52 wins and 110 points.
New York advanced to the conference final by coming back from 3-1 down against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round and from
down 3-2 against the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round.
It was the first time the Rangers were in
the playoffs with a best-of-7 series since the second round in 2017, when they lo
st in six games to the Ottawa Senators.
New York was swept 3-0 in a best-of-5 series against Carolina in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.