It was a devastating end to a season that looked more than promising for the New York Rangers.
Having played two tough series leading up to the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils seemed to be working just fine for the Blueshirts as they started Game 1 against their rival Devils with a 3-0 shutout on home ice.
After losing Game 2 3-2 in regulation, the Rangers rallied back and defeated the Devils in Game 3 3-0 yet again.
Things looked very good for the Blueshirts going into Game 4, but the Devils took over and crushed the Rangers 4-1.
The Rangers needed to start big in Games 5 and 6, but after a three-goal deficit in Game 5 and a two-goal-one in Game 6, they did quite the opposite and wound up struggling to even the score.
Truth be told, the team that scored first usually won the game, and while the Rangers were able to come back and tie the score in both games, it just simply wasn't the right way to start things off and clearly wasn't enough to win the series.
So with the taste of the Stanley Cup still wet on their lips, they went home defeated, having to wait for a new chance in the coming year.
This season's team played better than any that I can remember in some time, and that is largely due to the development by the Rangers organization and the direction of head coach John Tortorella.
They had everything it took to go all the way but fell short by the rough start in their last two games.
What was interesting to see was how some players really stepped up and surprised during the postseason, while others failed to perform as expected.
I want to take a closer look at each player on the roster and their performance throughout the playoffs.