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Rangers Bounced From Playoffs With 3-1 Loss To Bruins

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Dan Girardi scored the Rangers' second power play goal of the series and Henrik Lundqvist turned away 29 Boston shots, but it wasn't enough to extend New York's season.

Boston's Gregory Campbell scored twice as the Bruins handed New York a 3-1 loss Saturday night in Boston to eliminate the Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

"I know you're always looking to that end-goal to get to the Finals, [and] we didn't," Rangers coach John Tortorella said after the game. "A lot of that responsibility falls on me. A big part of your job is to get your best players to play consistently. I didn't. That hurt us a little bit."

Star winger Rick Nash finished the series with only one goal, and veteran center Brad Richards was a healthy scratch for the second straight game Saturday as Tortorella tried to find enough offense to complement Henrik Lundqvist's stellar work in net.

The Rangers netminder had a strong 2.14 goals-against average this post-season, but the Rangers managed only one win against the Bruins.

"The hardest feeling is just really saying it's over," said Rangers goaltender Hendrik Lundqvist. "I think for the next couple days I'm going to analyze things and try to figure out what went wrong and what we can do better."

"Everybody in this locker room loves being around us, and we have a great hockey team," said forward Derek Stepan, who had four goals and an assist in 12 playoff games this year. "We have the right guys, we just came up a little short this year."

Rangers fans in the city told NY1 the loss was a tough pill to swallow, but they expected the team to rebound next season.

"It was a great game. I think Lundqvist definitely deserved better," said one fan. "Be back next year, we're going to take it all the way next year."

"That's why you're a fan, right? You're always hopeful. And, if you're a Rangers fan, it usually doesn't work out that great," said another fan.

"Next year's the year. We need to get rid of some dead wood and bring the young up and we're going to win next year," said a third.

The semifinal exit is a step back for the Rangers, who lost to the New Jersey Devils in the conference finals last year.

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