Game 5 was especially difficult with a double-overtime loss Friday in which Alec Martinez's game-winner lifted the Kings to the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.
"It was a tough loss that's going to haunt me and my group for some time," New York coach Alain Vigneault said. "I'm hoping we're going to learn from this and we as management are going to work on putting a good team on the ice. But every year is different. Next year's team is going to be different, and we've got to go through the same process."
5 key questions the NY Rangers will have to answer this offseason:
- Will center Brad Richards be back?
- Can New York re-sign Anton Stralman?
- How will the Rangers handle their other free agents?
- Who will be the Rangers' next captain?
- Will the Rangers build off their experience?