GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers started their year with a two-week, four-country tour of Europe that included back-to-back regular season games in Stockholm. They welcomed the HBO cameras into their lives for a five-week invasion of privacy that was so well-documented in the "24/7" documentary series.
They then played and won the most hyped regular-season game in the NHL season, the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic, in Philadelphia. They followed that up by holding off the surging Penguins and Flyers to win the Atlantic Division and capture the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
If that wasn't enough, with their season on the line Monday in Ottawa, the Rangers came back from a 1-0 deficit by scoring three times over the final 11:05 of the second period to stay alive with a 3-2 win.
It's all led to Thursday, to Game 7 against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden, the first Game 7 at the old building in midtown Manhattan since the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.
No, the Rangers will not be thinking about all they went through together as a team this season, but yes, they do believe the experiences matter heading into the most important and potentially the last game of their season.