Whether the New York Rangers truly believed they could overcome a 3-2 playoff series deficit earlier this year doesn't matter now.
The Rangers did it against the pesky eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators in the first round, giving them confidence they can pull it off again against the formidable New Jersey Devils and reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 18 years.
The historical calendar is in line with the dates of New York's 3-2 comeback over the Devils the last time these division and area rivals met in the Eastern Conference finals in 1994. None of the names are the same for the Rangers, and only New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur - and assistant coach Larry Robinson - still have the same jobs as way back when.
So the top-seeded Rangers' point of reference as they head into Game 6 in New Jersey on Friday night isn't the history book but rather their shared experience of rallying past Ottawa.
If they extend their season, they will be back at home on Sunday for a winn...