GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Three days after squandering a chance to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season, the New York Rangers' disappointment and frustration was still there for all to see.
They not only failed to score with the final just 20 minutes away after two scoreless periods in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night, they allowed two goals. They played a horrible period with hockey's biggest prize on the horizon.
And it hurt. Players were still confused Monday as the team gathered for end-of-season meetings with coach Alain Vigneault at their Westchester training facility.
This was the team that posted the NHL's best regular-season record. The team that had home-ice advantage. The group that felt this was its year to win the Cup.
It was all there for the taking, and they didn't take it.