MAY 25, 1994.
RANGERS VS. DEVILS
New York trailed New Jersey three games to two in the Eastern Conference finals, with Game 6 the next day at the Meadowlands, but Rangers captain Mark Messier declared of that match, "We will win it." Then he backed up those words with deeds. After I New York trailed 2-0, Messier assisted on a goal in the second period and scored a hat trick in the third to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory. New York went on to win that series and the Stanley Cup, its first championship in 54 years. Said Rangers coach Mike Keenan of Messier's guarantee, "It was the most remarkable pressure performance in I the history of our sport."