"From what I know, the players met very early in the season, when Marian Gaborik was sidelined after separating his shoulder in the third game of the year. They reached the conclusion they could succeed only by sacrificing and standing up for one another; by blocking shots, by finishing checks, by being willing to take punishment to make a play."
...not sure who decided to call this team meeting, but every Rangers fan should be thankful that they did. I normally think that players only meeting are a bit over-rated, but in this case it really does look like it set the tone for the entire season.
Also, how great is this observation from Brooks...
"They have bent, they have never broken. They have been knocked down, they have never failed to get back up and answer the bell. This is an admirable hockey team, willing itself to victory against opposition that might be more gifted, but not more committed."
...the Rangers PR staff should ask Brooks if they can use that paragraph for marketing purposes. Gave me the chills.