PITTSBURGH -- In the bigger picture, and moving forward from here, this is not how the Rangers want to end a season. They aim for more than 82 games, to play beyond this. But when the Rangers woke up on Saturday morning knowing their season would be wrapping up that evening and determined to hold nothing back in the finale of their 2018-19 campaign, this became a night on which the Rangers could not have asked for more.
It was a night that was emblematic of their season in so many ways: Twice they fell behind, and twice they fought back. They battled their way to a third-period lead, only to have to regroup after seeing it slip away.
But the final portrait of the 2018-19 season wound up being a red-white-and-blue mob scene in the corner of a rival's home rink. At the center of it was Ryan Strome, whose overtime strike catapulted the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night and allowed them to end their season on the highest note they could aim for.
It was a season that has been all about growth on Broadway, and oftentimes the growing pains that go along with that. It ended with smiles everywhere around the Rangers' room.