Sitting on a chair on a black dais in an echoic black room with black cardboard walls, John Tortorella raised his right hand and motioned towards his chest.

The season had just ended with Tortorella’s Rangers losing 3-1 to the Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in TD Garden, a moment when all the high expectations suddenly came crumbling down like a waterfall of disappointment.

“Some of the responsibility falls on me,” the Rangers coach said, not as somber as he was defiant. “One of the big things of this series, I could not — it does, it falls on me — it’s a big part of my job is to get your top players to play consistently, and I couldn’t do that.

“We tried, so I need to take some responsibility to try and get them in those spots to help us here. I thought that hurt us.”

The first place to look now is at Rick Nash, the superstar winger that was supposed to be the missing piece to get the Blueshirts over the hump and past the stage of the conference finals where last season ended. But Nash was held in check for all 12 playoff games, scoring just once and struggling to create the offense this defense-first Rangers team so desperately needed.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Nash said. “We have a good team, good season, and we just couldn’t get the job done.”

What was made so apparent not just in this series, but throughout this lockout-shortened season, is the Rangers are team that lacked depth, scoring and often the necessary snarl.

In the wake of Nash’s disappointment, don’t forget former Conn Smythe winner Brad Richards, who had played himself into the role of a healthy scratch and watched the final two games of the season from the rafters.