The Rangers Miss the Playoffs

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The Rangers Miss the Playoffs
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The Rangers couldn’t muster enough offense to put the Flyers away in regulation, and they couldn’t get enough to win the shootout their season came down to either.

After three periods and an overtime, the Rangers and Flyers sat tied at 1-1, so they took things to a shootout.

Henrik Lundqvist allowed a pair of goals from Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux, and that was enough to put the Rangers away, as P.A. Parenteau was the only Ranger to score. Marian Gaborik didn’t even take a shot.

Notes

  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped 46 of 47 shots he faced.
  • The Rangers were out-shot each and every period, 47 to 25 overall.
  • After not scoring any goals all season, Jody Shelley scored two in each of the final games.
  • Ryan Callahan did not play today, but Brian Boyle started for the first time since hurting his ankle on March 21.

Thoughts

  • The Rangers finished their season 7-1-2. A large part of that was the emergence of their fourth line of Brandon Prust , Jody Shelley , and Artem Anisimov, who combined to score 18 points over those 10 games. The problem today was that the fourth line became their best line.
  • Who’d have guessed that when the Rangers made the trade for Ollie Jokinen and Prust, Prust would be the more important player in that trade?
  • Anisimov made a questionable play which lead to the Flyers third period powerplay goal, when instead of dumping the puck down the ice while killing a penalty, he made a mid-ice short pass through traffic which was intercepted. He’s got real talent for a youngster, but this play proved he still needs more time before the Rangers hand him a more important role on the team.
  • Don’t think Ryan Callahan or Sean Avery weren’t sorely missed during these past two games against the Flyers. The Rangers never really maintained a level of consistency over these two games and they lacked a certain spark that these two are known to provide.
  • Aaron Voros fought former Ranger Ian Laperriere. He got the short end of it. He gets his butt kicked a lot actually, but he never keeps him from fighting the next night. Too bad he doesn’t have any hockey skills.

Line of the Night

  • Marian Gaborik : Two shots on goal. I think this speaks for itself. Gaborik had a great season this year, tying his career high for goals scored with 42. But March was probably his worst month of the season, a time when the Rangers needed him most.

Up Next

  • There is no next for the Rangers. Their season is over. Now they’ve got to sit down and map out the offseason. Will there be a shift in power to someone like Mark Messier ? Or will Glen Sather keep the reigns? After they figure that out they’ve got to prepare for the draft and figure out which players they are going to keep, let go, and try to sign this offseason.
  • Make sure you check back with Broadway Hockey Daily for our analysis of the season, the up-coming offseason, and any news that will come our way.

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