Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – For the sixth straight season, the New York Rangers clinched a Stanley Cup Playoff berth after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2, Monday.
“It’s tough to get to the dance,” coach Alain Vigneault said Monday after the win in Columbus. “People don’t realize how hard that is to get the opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup.”
“We finally got our checkmark. In order for our guys to get the checkmark, you’ve got to play some good hockey. This group for the most part has played some good hockey,” he added.
The last time the Rangers made the playoffs for at least six consecutive seasons was when they qualified for 10 straight from 1977-78 to 1986-87.
New York made it to the Eastern Conference Final each of the past two seasons, losing in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.
In 2014, the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens in six games before losing to the Los Angeles Kings in five games in the Stanley Cup Final.