Rangers Know the Stakes Going into Game 7

April 26, 2012 12:00 AM

Rangers Know the Stakes Going into Game 7

" The last time the Rangers played a Game Seven at Madison Square Garden, the night ended with one of the most joyful noises ever heard in a sports arena.

That was 1994, of course, and the opponent that night was the Canucks. Fifty-four years of disappointments, heartbreaks and tears were wiped away in 60 minutes, and anyone who saw that will never forget it.

Getting back to the top of the mountaintop this year is going to take another Game Seven win. The Rangers and Senators skate on Thursday night with no more margin for error in their seasons.

The stakes are clear: You win or you stop playing.

While the downside of a loss is tremendous, there's something pretty refreshing about the mindset of a Game Seven. There's nothing to keep in reserve and no reason to save the bullets in your gun because there isn't a tomorrow unless you play the most urgent game of your life.

Given the way the Rangers responded to the same terms in Game Six, there's not much reason to worry about their ability to come up with the intensity that the moment requires "

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