Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/30/06 at 12:05 AM ET
The New York Rangers were saluted with a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd on Saturday. Unfortunately, it came at the end of a 4-2 home defeat to the New Jersey Devils that swept them out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, four games to none. The 18,000-plus audience rewarded the Rangers for their effort and for their surprisingly strong season that landed a playoff place for the first time in nine years. "I wish I could have gone up into the stands and shaken every single person's hands, " New York coach Tom Renney said about the ovation.continued added 10:35pm, from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
When the pain of this four-game series loss to the Devils subsides (and it might take awhile), the Rangers will look back on their surprising 2005-06 season as an end and a beginning. The season marked the end of an almost unthinkable nine-year playoff drought.continued
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