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Gallant out as coach of Rangers after first-round elimination

Gerard Gallant is out as coach of the New York Rangers, less than a week after a first-round elimination at the hands of the rival New Jersey Devils.

Gallant coached in New York for two seasons, and led the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals last year. But this season, after the trade acquisitions of two high-priced forwards and a 107-point regular season, Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrick Kane, the Rangers were at times lifeless in their seven-game elimination.

In four losses to New Jersey, New York scored just two goals, and after racing out to a 2-0 series lead, the Rangers lost four of five, including two games at home to a team that hadn't made the postseason since 2018.