May 13, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wingRick Nash
(61) and Washington Capitals left wingAlex Ovechkin
(8) battle for the puck during overtime in game seven of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 2 – 1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
3. Never Retreat, Never Surrender
Throughout the team’s playoff run, frustration from their lack of scoring was perhaps a common denominator among Rangers fans. It was perhaps their Achilles’ heel, outside of their first round win. Thus, they were playing with fire allowing themselves to be put in a “win or go home” situation.
However, the Rangers certainly knew a thing or two about staring elimination in the eye. It has been nothing new or out of the ordinary in recent history. They faced it last year, and this season was no exception.
In Round Two, they were on the brink of their season ending, being down three games to one to the Capitals. Visions of the 1991-1992 Rangers, who also won the President’s Trophy and favored to win the Stanley Cup, must have been running through the minds those old enough to remember it.
However, the team didn’t back down and fold tent. Their resolve and resiliency to not give up in the series lead to them rallying back, spinning off three straight wins to take the series. Shades of last season’s series with the Penguins replaced the painful memories of the previous Rangers debacle. They were the in the identical situation being down 3-1.