In the same year the New York Rangers celebrated the 20th Anniversary since their last Stanley Cup Championship, they are preparing to re-capture Lord Stanley. After an exciting first two series in which the Rangers bounced two Metropolitan Division rivals in seven games, the Blueshirts trekked on, eliminating the Montreal Canadiens in six games to become the 2014 Eastern Conference Champions.
Here’s a look back at the Rangers road to the Stanley Cup Final in 1994 and how they have fared through the first three rounds of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs:
1994 Quarterfinals: 4-0 sweep over New York Islanders
2014 Quarterfinals: 4-3 win over Philadelphia Islanders
Goals for: 1994: 22 2014: 19
1994 Semifinals: 4-1 win over Washington Capitals
2014 Semifinals: 4-3 over Pittsburgh Penguins
Goals for: 1994: 20 2014: 15
1994 Conference Finals: 4-3 win over New Jersey Devils
2014: Conference Finals: 4-2 win over Montreal Canadiens
Goals for: 1994: 18 2014: 20
1994: Mark Messier (12)
2014*: Martin St. Louis (6), Carl Hagelin (6)
1994: Brian Leetch (23)
2014*: Ryan McDonagh (10)
1994: Brian Leetch (11g, 23a, 34 pnts)
2014*: Martin St. Louis (6g, 7a, 13pnts), Derek Stepan (5g, 8a, 13pnts), Ryan McDonagh (3g, 10a, 13pnts)
1994: Jeff Beukeboom (50)
2014*: Daniel Carcillo (22)
Team Winning Streak:
1994: Began on April 17 with a 6-0 victory over the Islanders in Game One of the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoff Quarterfinals and ended at the hands of the Washington Capitals on May 7 in Game Four of the Semifinals.
2014*: Began on May 9 in a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Semifinals, ended May 20th with an overtime loss in Game Three against the Montreal Canadiens in the Conference Final.
* = Stats do not include Stanley Cup Final round.
Stats courtesy of the NHL