By Angel L. Quiles Jr.
It has been twenty years since the New York Rangers last made it to the Stanley Cup finals. Twenty years since Mark Messier “The Messiah” predicted that they will not be eliminated by the Devils, and then scored three goals in game six of the 1994 Eastern Conference final, to stave off elimination. Twenty years since the famous call by Howie Rose on the Stephan Matteau goal which sent the Rangers to a place they had not been in 54 years, The Stanley Cup finals. Who can forget? “Matteau! Matteau! Stephan Matteau! And the Rangers have one more hill to climb baby!”
Now lead by a new cast of characters, at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden. The 2014 New York Rangers have a shot at becoming legends.
It has not been an easy road for the Rangers this season. The media lambasted GM Glen Sather for his trade of captain Ryan Callahan earlier this year for veteran Martin St. Louis, who was declared by experts to be over the hill. Moreover, in the playoffs they have been stretched in each series to two game sevens, in which their highly criticized franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist, has had to earn his respect by saving the day.
Now they find themselves one win away, one more tremendous 60-minute effort away, from sending New York into a euphoric state, and having a chance to become champions. One win away from being remembered forever like Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, the chants of Booooook in honor of their defensive goon Jeff Beukeboom, and the 1994 champions all together.
LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!