It didn't happen. It got too close for comfort but it didn't happen. It was annoying, the Rags hanging on for dear life. The Kings at times getting lax and lazy and giving the Rags cheap goals. Even tonight. Let's face it the Kings went up 1-0 and lapsed. Rags got a powerplay (didn't even see the damn call, prob was a gift) and scored, then got a super lucky Boyle goal with seconds left. Then hung on for dear life as the ghost of Tortarella appeared as well as their 6 goalies. Didn't work
They kept plugging and didn't stop. The Kings have steel in their veins. They ground the Rags to dust late in these games and in OT. The refs tried their best (TWO POWERPLAYS IN OT ARE YOU sh!tTING ME!?) while the Kings were denied powerplays despite the Rags doing some atrocious hooking and holding to hang on. Posts galore, close calls. But it was the Kings always getting the best of the opportunities and outplaying the Rangers.
And how awesome is it to watch Gaborik skate around with the cup. Must really sting for the Rangers fans.
To be honest if the Rags pulled this out they weren't winning the series anyway. They just have no capability to play 60 minutes anymore, The reserves weren't there in the tank. It's no coincidence the Kings just run them to the ditch late in these games. They have bigger, better athletes
So now what happens? Rangerstown is being boarded up. The bandwagon is emptying. The diehards are weeping. And we dodged a major bullet by not having to deal with a Rags cup. That would've really hurt the Devils brand. So they won the eastern conference? Big f'n deal. We can survive that.
Rangers are not getting back here again. Not for a long time. They'll be in the playoffs next year and they'll be good...but I predict a very slow start for them next season. And I don't know if Lundqvist will be the same after starting something like 3,000 games this season. He'll be 33 next year. There's a good chance he retires cupless. I almost look at him like a pitcher who just threw 150 pitches and took a no hitter into the 9th....and lost. Sometimes guys are not the same after playoffs like this. This Rangers team will take some hits in the offseason. Losing Stralman would hurt. Some of the lower line guys will not produce like they did this year. Lundqvist may decline a bit. St. Louis is ancient. Nash is a clown flipping and flopping all over the ice and has never been an elite, clutch finisher. Brad Richards had his foot out the door before this series even ended. Maybe they won't have the same injury luck. It's hard to get back here again.
Time to go enjoy summer. Swimming, fishing, hanging with your kids. The Rags are dead. They're buried. They're not coming up out of the coffin anymore. No 20th anniversary magic. They'll have to dust off the old 94 VHS for another 20 years