However, I'm always a sucker for historical stats, especially the ones that favor the Rangers. To wit:
- Of the 233 teams that have built 3-1 series leads in the Stanley Cup playoffs, 213 have ultimately won the series. That's good for 91%.
- No NHL team has overcome a 3-1 deficit since 2004, when Montreal beat Boston in the first round.
- It has been 21 years since the Capitals overcame a 3-1 series deficit -- 1988 against Philadelphia in the first round.
- The Rangers have never blown a 3-1 series lead, though they needed a Game 7 in the 1994 Stanley Cup finals against Vancouver.