Rangers stuck with their 'No quit' identity to advance past Penguins in Game 7

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New York Rangers players celebrate as they leave the ice after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3
New York Rangers players celebrate as they leave the ice after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3

When the final horn sounded in Game 7 between the Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden, the “No Quit in New York” slogan lived to see another day.

Or another week or so, as Artemi Panarin’s short side goal in overtime sent the Blueshirts to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“It’s a huge win for the team and for the organization,” said Jacob Trouba. “Gutsy performance coming back again, that whole no quit in New York thing is pretty true with this group.”

Indeed it is. As the Rangers are the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to record three consecutive comeback wins in elimination games within the same series, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

“The belief is always there. When we get down, I don’t think anybody gets frustrated or switches the game, really,” Trouba said.

We know we can come back and win games, especially in the third period. We’ve done it the last three (games) now, we’ve done it really all year. Just the belief in the room, the positivity, the energy, it’s just a fun group to be a part of and a fun group to play with.”

Head coach Gerard Gallant also feels the no quit energy. The fight this team is equipped with has been a part of the winning recipe that the Rangers have used all season.

“That’s our team. We compete, we battle and we find ways to win games that maybe we shouldn’t have. It’s a team effort from our group and that’s what we like about it,” Gallant said.

A part of having the no quit energy is being able to battle adversity in the right way. Despite not having much playoff experience, Trouba attested that the Blueshirts react in the correct way on the bench.

Especially when things aren’t going their way.

“Nothing is really forced on the bench, nobody is trying to ra-ra. I think everybody is pretty calm with how we play the game. When we get back on the bench and people are talking and nobody is yelling or freaking out or any of that.

I mean Chris (Kreider) threw an iPad, so that was a big story. But, the energy and the mood was the same as it’s been all year, I think there's just a belief in every guy.”

The Rangers will need more of that belief if they want to advance further in these playoffs. The Hurricanes will show how battle tested Gallant’s team truly is.