The New York Rangers had the best record in the Eastern Conference and reached the conference finals on the strength of a tough defense, great goaltending and a relentlessly rugged style.
What they lacked, and what ultimately led them to being ousted by the New Jersey Devils on Friday, was some more scoring to go with all that grit.
The Rangers finished the regular season ranked 11th in the NHL in goals scored with an average of 2.71 goals per game. That number dropped during the playoffs to 2.15 goals per game. The Rangers scored more than three goals in a playoff game only once, and that was the first round against Ottawa.
Coach John Tortorella says the team needs an injection of skill to compete for the Stanley Cup.