NEW YORK -- The once-promising and ultimately still successful season for the New York Rangers ended Friday at Madison Square Garden because they couldn't score.
Goals were hard to come by during most of the Rangers' run in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. There were the three games against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final when they combined for 17 goals at Amalie Arena, but the Rangers scored 28 goals in their other 16 games, including none in Games 5 and 7 at home in the conference final against the Lightning.The Rangers trailed their best-of-7 second-round series against the Washington Capitals 3-1 and were down 3-2 to the Lightning. New York couldn't keep climbing.
"We could probably look back at it and say we chased too many series and we just ran out of juice," Rangers center Derek Stepan said Friday after the 2-0 loss that ended their season.
Here are five reasons the Rangers were eliminated: