Following an eight-year playoff absence and a Devils sweep the year prior, the Rangers entered their first-round matchup against the Atlanta Thrashers as favorites in 2007, and they showed us why in just four games for their playoff series win in 10 years.
The Rangers took a pressure-packed Game 1, 4-3, in Atlanta on goals by Jaromir Jagr, Michael Nylander, Marcel Hossa and Michael Rozsival. In Game 2, Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and the Blueshirts benefitted from a bizarre goal that beat Johan Hedberg to take a 2-0 series lead after a 2-1 win.
As the series shifted to the Garden for Game 3, the Blueshirt faithful got to witness a magical 7-0 offensive outburst led by Nylander, who registered a hat trick, as well as two playoff goals by then-rookie Ryan Callahan. Lundqvist earned his first of six postseason shutouts in the win. The Blueshirts completed the sweep in Game 4, 4-2, on goals from Jagr and Rozsival, and would move on to face the Buffalo Sabres in their first Eastern Conference Semi-final appearance since 1997.