Just three weeks ago, Chris Kreider was suiting up for Boston College. Yet, Kreider, the Rangers’ first round pick, traded in his diploma for a hockey stick and scored the decisive goal to propel the Rangers to a 3-2 win in Game 6. Brad Richards and Derek Stepan also netted huge goals for the Rangers as they overcame an early 1-0 deficit. The officiating was pretty bad and the Senators had a little luck on their side with their second goal, but none of that matters now.

This series will come down to Game 7 and Game 7 alone. Luckily for the Rangers, the game will be played in the World’s Most Famous Arena. Forget about the Senators winning two of three in NYC. This is Game 7 and all bets are off. The Rangers success starts and ends with the play of Henrik Lundqvist. Outside of Game 4, Lundqvist has been brilliant between the pipes and he’ll need to bring his A-Game again in Game 7. If the Rangers play with intensity and passion like they did in Game 6, Game 7 will be an easy win. 

Expect the fans to blow the roof off of MSG and for the Rangers to play off of their emotion. It’s clear that one Ranger in particular, Mr. Carl Hagelin, played with emotion and determination tonight. Hagelin was the fastest man on the ice and the Rangers are a completely different team with him out there. The Rangers need him to take his intensity to the next level as they look to advance to Round 2. 

Ranger Fans: Enjoy this one tonight, but it’s clearly back to business on Thursday.