As the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers advanced to play in their first Stanley Cup Final since 1979. Their opponent, the Vancouver Canucks, were on a Cinderella run as the 7th seed from the Western Conference.
After advancing past the Devils — the team with the second most points during the regular season — many experts felt the Rangers were on their way to claiming the title. But, despite the Blueshirts having 27 more points than Vancouver during the regular season, the series turned out to be one of the best Finals ever.
The Canucks would take Game 1 in OT behind a 52-save effort from Kirk McLean. The Blueshirts would bounce back in a big way and win the next three to setup a potential Cup win at The Garden for Game 5. However, the Canucks stayed alive with a road win, then also took Game 6 in Vancouver to force a deciding Game 7 at The Garden.
Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final was one for the ages, as the Rangers gutted out a thrilling 3-2 win to capture their first Stanley Cup in 54 years.
Editor’s Note: On this date, June 14, back in 1994, the Rangers ended a 40-year championship drought by capturing the Stanley Cup. Look back at the nerve-wracking moments during Game 7 of the Final, and the emotions felt by the Rangers and their fans when they won the Cup at The Garden.