Coach Ranger's philosophy is to focus on the now.The present does not determine the past.

This has bled into his team, and he has no plans to change it.But even Gallant made a slight concession on Saturday.

Ahead of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday against the Lightning, he said, We're playing well.

He added, We're playing our best hockey the last four games.Yes, I agree. No matter what the momentum's like,.. 

...the Rangers have found something within themselves few outside their room had previously believed existed.

For the first time since 2014, they are just two victories away from becoming the Eastern Conference champions,...

...and in their latest four games, all wins, they have beaten the Hurricanes 5-2 and 6-2 before beating the Lightning 6-2 and 3-2.

There is no chance Tampa Bay, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion, is going to be easy.

This Rangers team may be able to take the Lightning down.Tyler Motte said, a day after a superb performance in Game 2, 

However, the confidence seems to have carried over from game to game That confidence has built brick by brick throughout the postseason as the Rangers

After winning Game 1, they led a series for the first time in the playoffs after coming back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1.

The team doesn't appear to know it, however. Rangers won two games in New York, controlling play with little doubt.

That has not happened to the Lightning in a seven-game series since 2019.There are still a lot of things to work on for the Rangers,... 

...and Sunday afternoon's game at Amalie Arena will be a new test, playing in front of a road crowd and against a fierce opponent.

"The ideal situation for us is no quit," Gallant said. "All we have to do is keep working."

This year we have done enough to build confidence with this group. Motte said that we always want to compete.

In the Carolina series, this scene repeated itself at the end of every game.Tampa Bay has played out after whistles again and again.

It's a group that fights and battles for each other in various ways. We're lucky to be part of it, just having it ingrained in us a bit.