When it was over, a few moments after his team's season had come to an end, Rangers coach John Tortorella uttered six words that offered a glimpse into his psyche.
"I really thought we were coming," Tortorella said after Adam Henrique's Eastern Conference finals-clinching goal 63 seconds into overtime sent the Rangers home for the summer with a devastating, 3-2 loss to the Devils in Game 6 Friday night at the Prudential Center.
New Jersey won the best-of-seven series four games to two, and now will meet the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals beginning Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.
After the series was over, the Rangers acknowledged the obvious: The loss to their Hudson River rivals will linger. New Jersey was the better team over the course of six games, as the Rangers, like Florida and Philadelphia before them, were unable to solve the Devils' pressure.
Unlike the Panthers and the Flyers, the Rangers had played life-and-death hoc...