Ranking 4 Most Heartbreaking New York Rangers Playoff Losses of Past 40 Years

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Ranking 4 Most Heartbreaking New York Rangers Playoff Losses of Past 40 Years
Julio Cortez/Associated Press

Thanks to some lackluster and passionless play since the NHL returned from its Olympic break, the New York Rangers find themselves in a brutal dogfight to make the Stanley Cup playoffs yet again.

And at this point, they’ll be lucky to nab a wild-card spot, which all but guarantees a first-round showdown with either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Boston Bruins.

If that does indeed happen, it’s safe to say the Rangers would experience a quick and painless exit from the tournament.

But over the course of the last 40 years, many of the Rangers’ playoff exits were anything but painless. As a matter of fact, several were heart wrenching.

Today, we’ll take a look at them and decide which were the four most hard to take for the Madison Square Garden faithful.

Read on after the jump.

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