After years of struggles against Patrick Division foes in the old division-based playoff format, the Rangers, ironically in the first year of the new conference-based playoff format, would need to beat three long-time division rivals to make it to the Stanley Cup Final.
But the Blueshirts did just that, in arguably the greatest non-Cup Final playoff series in NHL history which saw three games decided in double-OT, including Game 7 at The Garden.
And, of course, two of the most iconic tilts in Rangers history were part of the amazing series.
With the Rangers down 3-2 in the series, Mark Messier made the bold prediction that the Rangers would win Game 6. And after the Captain talked the talk, he walked the walk, scoring a natural hat trick to force Game 7 at The Garden.
In the deciding game, the Devils scored with just seven seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime. Then it took a little over 24 minutes of action before Stephane Matteau jumped on the ice and cemented himself into Rangers’ lore forever by sending the Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup Final.
Everyone knows the famous “MATTEAU, MATTEAU, MATTEAU!!!” call of the goal, but that was actually from the voice of Howie Rose on the radio broadcast. Do you remember how Sam Rosen called the historic goal on MSG Netwok’s telecast?
Well, watch the video below to re-live how it all went down on MSG with Rosen on the play-by-play.