The poster is about 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide, and it has been hanging in the Rangers’ locker room now for over a week.

A vacant cutout of the Stanley Cup takes up most of the frame. “Above and Beyond” is written above it. “EARN IT” is in all capitals below. The background is a montage of great moments from the Rangers season.

And now, after Wednesday night’s thrilling 2-1 win over the Flyers at the Garden in Game 7 of this first-round series, the four pieces that make up the foundation of the Cup are in place.

“It’s what you play for,” said Martin St. Louis, one of only three players on the roster who has raised the Cup. “You play for this time of year, and to keep going is great.”

With the Rangers’ fourth consecutive Game 7 win in the past three seasons — their sixth Game 7 win at the Garden, keeping them undefeated in these decisive games on home ice — the next step is getting on a plane to head to Pittsburgh, where the Penguins await, poised and ready to play host for Game 1 of the second round on Friday night.

“Seven games or five games, teams are so close now,” said Brad Richards, the alternate captain who lifted the Cup with St. Louis in Tampa in 2004. “They’re a good team, they played us hard, and it took seven. It doesn’t really matter.”

No, it doesn’t matter how the Rangers got to this spot, not as much as it has in years past. On their way to the conference finals two seasons ago, Richards and his teammates played a hard-edged and draining style under coach John Tortorella and eventually burned out.