If you bleed Rangers blue, the high you experienced Sunday night when Artemi Panarin’s wrist shot ripped the back of the Penguins net and delivered a 4-3 victory in overtime of Game 7 – and, come on, you’re probably still experiencing this morning – is the mirror of the lows you felt at points along the way of this dramatic first-round series.
The deficits, setbacks, injuries and crises of confidence are as much a part of this tale as the ultimately satisfying conclusion. Because the Rangers came back. Every single time.
Let’s look back at how the Rangers reeled – and how they recovered to eliminate the Penguins and set up a showdown with the Hurricanes:
They trailed 3-1 in the series.