The Penguins defeated the Lightning last night in Game 7 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final where they will play the Sharks.
Since 2012, the team that has beaten the Rangers in the playoffs has gone on to win or play in the Stanley Cup Final.
- 2012: Devils beat Rangers in Conference Finals and lost to Kings in Stanley Cup
- 2013: Bruins beat Rangers in Second Round and lost to Chicago in Stanley Cup
- 2014: Kings beat Rangers in Stanley Cup Final
- 2015: Lightning beat Rangers in Conference Final and lost to Chicago in Stanley Cup
- 2016: Penguins beat Rangers in First Round and play Sharks in Stanley Cup
Tampa Bay also follows the Rangers as a team that went to the Stanley Cup Final and then lost in Game 7 of the Conference Final the next season.
Connections to the Rangers that San Jose has include former Ranger Nicklas Sundstrom as a scout, Keith Yandle's uncle Mike is a scout and former Ranger Michael Haley is a spare forward.
Connections to the Rangers that the Penguins have include former Rangers Carl Hagelin, Matt Cullen, former prospect Tim Erixon and former assistant coach Mike Sullivan.