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`50 Greatest` finale features return to 1994

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The final episode of "The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden" will air tonight at 10 p.m. ET on MSG, bringing the 10-week program to an exciting close, as the five greatest moments in Garden history are revealed.

Among the moments showcased tonight is the Rangers' Stanley Cup championship, which the Blueshirts won at The Garden on June 14, 1994. The final ranking of this magical moment is already known to those who watched the series finale at a private screening last week or on NBC over the weekend. But for fans planning to watch the program for the first time tonight on MSG, there is no need here to spoil the surprise of revealing out where the 1994 Cup ranks.

Tonight's show, narrated by Matthew Modine, does an outstanding job of capturing the mood surrounding the Rangers' long-awaited championship in 1994. Among the special guests interviewed are captain Mark Messier, goaltender Mike Richter, and forward Adam Graves.

Additional comments are provided by longtime Rangers fans and members of the local media, including New York Times columnist Dave Anderson, who explains why this moment meant so much not just to the Blueshirts but to the entire city. The famous expression "Now I can die in peace" takes on new meaning after watching this program.

Mixing footage from the series-ending Game 7 with the commentary of those who lived through it, this series finale manages to capture the tension felt by everyone in the building during the game's final minutes. You'll relive all the drama as Richter and the Rangers protected their one-goal lead and hung on for the 3-2 victory.

The show is also a great way for younger Rangers fans who did not experience 1994 to get a sense of what Game 7 was really like. MSG's show manages to unfold all of the drama once by explaining the highly emotional context surrounding it. Even 13 years later, the tension is real, right up to the moment where Craig MacTavish won the final faceoff with just over one second remaining in the game.

To this day, Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals remains the most-watched television broadcast of an NHL game in the United States -- reflecting just how historic this moment really was. It was, after all, the end of what for 54 years had been known as "The Curse."

If you've never actually heard the sound of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman instructing Messier to "come get the Stanley Cup" or if the moment has faded from your memory to any degree, this is one program you won't want to miss. Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET for a look back at a moment many New Yorkers never thought they would see, but which turned out to be even better than they had imagined it in their wildest dreams.

For more information on "The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden", visit the program's official web site at
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