Last time the Rangers had a chance to put an underdog on the ropes in a crucial Game 5 at home, New York dropped the ball, allowing the upset-minded Ottawa Senators to steal a win and force the East's No. 1 seed to stage a furious comeback over the final two games of the series to advance to the second round.
When given an opportunity to right that wrong in Round 2 against the pesky Washington Capitals, the Rangers made their message loud and clear: Not this time. Not in our house.
The Rangers took a 3-2 series lead over the seventh-seeded Caps with a 3-2 overtime victory Monday night, and they did it in the most dramatic way possible, using a riveting, furious, late-game rally to steal the victory right out of Washington's hands and turn the tide in a series that seemed to be slipping away.
Brad Richards' desperate, game-tying goal with 6.6 seconds left in regulation incited pandemonium among an overwrought Madison Square Garden crowd and sent the game into overtime, when defens...