Coach Gerard Gallant praised the resiliency of the New York Rangers after they came back from 3-1 behind in the Eastern Conference First Round to progress past the Pittsburgh Penguins.
(This article was originally published on 17.05.2022)
The Rangers, 14/1 to win the Stanley Cup, also had three straight comeback wins to turn the series around, winning 4-3 in overtime of Game 7 through Artemi Panarin on the powerplay.
It was the fourth time in their history that they had forced a Game 7 after trailing 3-1 in a series.
New York, the second seed from the Metropolitan Division (52-25-6) will face the first-placed Carolina Hurricanes (54-20-8) in the Second Round, a series they are 17/10 to win.
In the first-round series, their first progression since 2017, Rangers defenceman Adam Fox (10 points; three goals, seven assists) became the fourth blue-liner in NHL history to register at least one point in all seven games of a series.
He is also the first skater in Rangers' history to accomplish that feat.
Gallant was hired by the Rangers in 2021 following three seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights during which he led them to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season.
He said to the media about his side: "They find a way. I'm really proud of them. I knew tonight was going to be a battle.
"We talked about the seventh being game at home. We fell behind at home, but found a way to battle back."