When New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan fired a shot high inside the far post in overtime, he did more than just send his team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He hit the release valve for a group that has been clawing for this day for nearly a month.

In the second of three games in which the Rangers could lock up a playoff berth, New York squandered a 2-0 lead, scored late in the third to tie it, then leaned on its captain for the clincher in a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.