It seems as if the rest of New York is finally realizing what the Rangers have known all season: They have two must-see talents in Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad, and the pair might be the organization’s most dynamic duo in half a century.

The spotlight shined down on Zibanejad when he became just the third player in franchise history to record five goals in a game, his signature performance as a Ranger including the overtime winner in Thursday’s 6-5 victory over the Capitals at the Garden. The winner was a breakaway goal set up by a brilliant outlet pass from Panarin, who has not only lived up to the seven-year, $81.5 million deal he signed as a free agent this summer, but also has inserted himself into the conversation for the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

“Unbelievable pass,” Zibanejad said after Friday’s practice, “and after that, I just blacked out.”

Oh, and the win managed to get the Rangers within two points of the free-falling Islanders for the second wild-card spot as they prepared to host the Devils on Saturday night.

“My phone almost burned up,” Zibanejad said. “But I had my dad and my girlfriend here, so it was a special night to be able to share it with them and then go home and kind of reflect. … It was for sure a special night that I’ll remember forever.”

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Artemi Panarin (l.) and Mika ZibanejadGetty Images

This was supposed to be another season in which the Rangers continued rebuilding and focusing on the future. They have pulled off the rare feat of being competitive in the process, but that could change very quickly with a tough three-game road trip coming up next week against the Stars, Avalanche and Coyotes.

The growth into a contender has been expedited by the arrival of Panarin, who has 32 goals and is tied for third in the NHL with 93 points over his first 66 games with the organization. The 28-year-old Russian has somehow been better than advertised, and his teammates have gawked at his talent all season.

“He reads the game so well,” Zibanejad said, “and his hockey IQ is through the roof.”

It helps that Zibanejad has grown to far greater heights than even the Rangers could have expected when they pulled off an absolute coup of a trade with the Senators in July 2016, sending Derick Brassard and a seventh-round pick to the Senators for Zibanejad and a second-rounder. The aim was to get younger and save some cap space. Zibanejad is still just 26 years old and he has two more years left on his deal with the burglary-worthy price of a $5.3 million annual salary-cap hit.

Despite having missed 13 games earlier this season with a neck ailment, Zibanejad still has a team-leading 38 goals (fifth in the league), plus 33 assists, in 54 games.

“I didn’t know he was this good when I took the job,” second-year head coach David Quinn said. “He has such passion for the game, and he wants to be the best player he can possibly be. [He] comes every day and works hard. He’s everything you want in your best player.”

As tempting as it has been, Quinn has mostly kept Zibanejad and Panarin off the same line, getting them together only on the power play or in late-game or offensively desperate situations. That is unlike most of the great combinations of the past, including the two forwards who might be closest in talent and impact — Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle, who with Vic Hadfield comprised the Rangers’ GAG Line of the 1970s.

Having Zibanejad and Panarin on separate lines has made it much more difficult for teams to match up against the Rangers, and Quinn added that having those talents “makes you a lot better coach.” That depth took a hit when Chris Kreider broke his foot last Friday, possibly sidelining the winger for the rest of the regular season.

Yet the Rangers trudge on, and they will learn how far their two spectacular talents can carry them over the next month.

“We just want to win in here,” Zibanejad said. “We really put ourselves in a good spot to make something happen.”