New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella has been fired after his team were defeated in the Stanley Cup play-off.

The Rangers were beaten in the seven game series by Boston Bruins with two games still to play.

This allowed Bruins to progress to the Eastern Conference final, one series away from the Stanley Cup final.

The New York side got to the Eastern Conference final last year, but a failure to reach the same stage this time round has seen Tortorella unexpectedly dismissed.

The Rangers have won the Stanley Cup on four occasions, but their last success was in 1994 when they beat Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in another seven game season.

The Stanley Cup is the prestigious trophy handed out to the overall winners of the NHL with the Eastern and Western Conferences providing one finalist each.

It is currently held by the Los Angeles Kings, who remain in the last four this time. As well as Bruins, the other teams to complete the line-ups are Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.

 

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