Eastern Conference Finals Against Devils

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 Finals.

But the Blueshirts did just that, in arguably the greatest non-Cup Finals 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 Finals.

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