It’s been a postseason of ups and downs for the New York Rangers.
After falling behind two games to none to the Washington Capitals in Round 1, the Rangers knotted up the series 2-2 and eventually won in seven games.
But their second-round outing has been nothing short of disappointing. Down 3-0 to the Boston Bruins, the Rangers have failed to exhibit any sense of urgency or desperation, and as a result, their season could end Thursday night.
New York’s shortcomings can be traced back to a number of high-profile players failing to live up to expectations. Rick Nash and Brad Richards, the supposed offensive dynamos on the team, have been zeros. Even captain Ryan Callahan’s showing has left much to be desired.
But it’s these poor performances that have undoubtedly overshadowed the strong play of others. There is a group of Rangers—albeit small—who have impressed in these playoffs, and they’re to thank for the Round 1 victory.
We’ll reveal the Rangers’ top five performers of the NHL playoffs after the jump and discuss what they've done to be considered.