Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Matteau, Matteau, Matteau! - May 27, 1994

New York Rangers fans will remember what happened exactly 15 years ago today.

After Rangers captain Mark Messier made good on a guarantee in which the Rangers won Game 6 in New Jersey to send the Eastern Conference Finals to a deciding Game 7, Stephane Matteau would score one of the greatest goals in franchise history.

With 4:24 gone by in the second overtime period, Matteau sent the Rangers into 1994 Stanley Cup Finals by slipping the series-winning goal around the right post and past New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. It sent Madison Square Garden into a frantic state of euphoria. Defeating the hated Devils was only part of this storybook season in which New York's 54-year Stanley Cup drought had finally come to an end just a few weeks later.

New York Rangers official site (May 27):
Stanley Cup Playoffs Flashback: May 27, 1994

video courtesy: NHL Productions

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