NEW YORK - Four down, 12 to go.
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s 2-1 win in Game 7 by the New York Rangers over the Philadelphia Flyers, there was a little talk of relief, but the subject almost immediately shifted to the next opponent: The Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It will be a quick exhale. You don’t dwell on losses and you don’t cherish wins too much in the playoffs, you’ve got to get on to the next battle,” said Rangers centre Brad Richards. “Pittsburgh has been Pittsburgh for a few years now. We know what to expect.”
The Penguins host the Rangers on Friday and Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center before the best-of-seven series shifts back to Madison Square Garden on Monday, leaving the Blueshirts to play six games in a span of nine days.
The two teams split the four-game season series, although the Penguins finished 13 points ahead of the Rangers in the chase for top spot in the Metropolitan Division and have won the previous four playoff meetings.