The Rangers won as a team.
The New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in Game 7 to capture their fourth Stanley Cup 19 years ago this Friday on June 14, 1994.
Finishing the regular season with a record of 52–24–8 to earn the Presidents’ Trophy, the Rangers outclassed the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals to advance to the conference finals.
In a classic matchup, captain Mark Messier willed New York passed the New Jersey Devils in seven remarkable games to qualify the team for their first championship series since 1979.
Waiting for the Rangers in the finals was superstar Pavel Bure and the seventh-seeded Canucks.
Having completed the 1993-94 campaign with 27 more points than Vancouver, New York was heavily favored to trounce the Canucks.
Unfortunately for Rangers fans and head coach Mike Keenan, Bure and Vancouver performed brilliantly and refused to fold.
Despite the best efforts of Anna Kournikova’s former banging partner, the 33-year-old Messier and Hall of Famers Mike Richter and Brian Leetch ultimately proved too great for Vancouver.
Following seven outstanding contests, the Rangers overcame Vancouver and won their first title in 54 years.
The World’s Most Famous Arena erupted in cheers while an overjoyed Messier jumped up and down like a kid.
Thanks to the New York Rangers, one of the more memorable evening’s in NHL history occurred nearly two decades past this week.