Rangers season is over as Carolina sweeps Qualifying Series

1st Period:

2nd Period:

  • Chris Kreider (1) Jacob Trouba (1), Ryan Strome (2)
  • Teuvo Teravainen (1) Andrei Svechnikov (2), Haydn Fleury (1)

3rd Period:





  • Warren Foegele (1) Brady Skjei (1), Martin Necas (1)
  • Sebastian Aho (2)
  • Sebastian Aho (3)

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • And that is a wrap on the Rangers season. This was a nice experience for the Rangers young players but ultimately their performance as a team in these three games was disappointing. They got better in each but their better never matched Carolina, their offensive players were unable to get going and that is that.
  • Do we have a different result tonight if Filip Chytil beats James Reimer late in the second instead of Reimer making a terrific stick save? Maybe, but probably not. The Rangers got better efforts from guys who struggled through the first two games, but as a team they couldn’t deal with Carolina’s pressure and style of play.
  • Igor Shesterkin was good in net and probably made a save or two Henrik Lundqvist might not have made, but with the Rangers struggling to score and create offense, they were only going to win if he was perfect.
  • Now the focus turns towards the Phase 2 draft lottery where the Rangers will have a 12.5% chance at landing Alexis Lafreniere.
  • In 2005-06 the Rangers made the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons and were swept out of the playoffs by the Devils. They then made the playoffs in 11 of the next 12 seasons before missing these past two seasons. Being in the Qualifying Round doesn’t technically put the Rangers in the playoffs, but this is hopefully the beginning of the same kind of playoff run for the Rangers. In 2006 their rookie goalie was Henrik Lundqvist and he led the Rangers until, well, just about right now. It’s Igor Shesterkin as the rookie goalie now and it’s his turn to lead the Rangers toward their next era. With Panarin, Zibanejad, Trouba, Fox, Kakko, Chytil and others already here, hopefully the playoffs will be a regular part of Rangers hockey for many years to come.