The New York Rangers are an ice hockey team based in New York City who play their games at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL, joining the league back in 1926 as part of the group of teams known as the Original Six. They were the first team in the United States to win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Montreal Maroons in 1928 for the first of four Stanley Cups for the franchise.
The 1994 Stanley Cup winning team ended a 54-year championship drought by the Rangers. The team was coached by Mike Keenan and led on the ice by captain Mark Messier, defenseman Brian Leetch and goaltender Mike Richter. The Rangers swept the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs and topped the Washington Capitals in the second round before meeting the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference finals. Messier guaranteed victory for the Rangers in the papers a day before he scored three goals in Game 6 to force a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers went on to win Game 7 to make the Stanley Cup finals where they beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.
The Rangers have not been back to the Stanley Cup finals since 1994, despite having stars like Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros, Pavel Bure, Jaromir Jagr and Henrik Lundqvist on the team over that span.