The Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series was tilted heavily in the Washington Capitals' favor after Game 2. The New York Rangers had one goal in 128 minutes and were trailing 2-0 when they returned home for Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden.
"I just didn't think we were that far off," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "I think a number of people thought down 2-0, you're not going to get this done."
Tortorella was right. Everyone who doubted the Rangers was dead wrong.
They won Games 3, 4 and 6 at Madison Square Garden. They went into Verizon Center for Game 7 and sent the home crowd to the exits early with a 5-0 romp.
How did the Rangers get it done against the Capitals to advance to the conference semifinals? Here are five reasons: