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New York Rangers Playoff History: 1994

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
In 1994, the Rangers won their fourth Stanley Cup and their first in 54 years. The Blueshirts won two seven-game thrillers over New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Finals and Vancouver in the Stanley Cup Finals. Brian Leetch won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP. Captain Mark Messier accepted the Stanley Cup from commissioner Gary Bettman in one of the most emotional championship celebrations in NHL history.


Here is a summary look back at the Blueshirts' 1994 playoff run:

Totals Games: 23
Record: 16-7
Goals Scored: 81
Goals Against: 50
Defeated: N.Y. Islanders, Washington, New Jersey, Vancouver
Leading scorer: Brian Leetch, 34 points (team record)
Most goals: Mark Messier, 12 (team record)
Goaltenders: Mike Richter (started 23 games); Glenn Healy (appeared in two games)

GAME-BY-GAME RESULTS:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders
1 Apr. 17 Islanders 6-0 W
2 Apr. 18 Islanders 6-0 W
3 Apr. 21 at Islanders 5-1 W
4 Apr. 24 at Islanders 5-2 W

Eastern Conference Semifinals: Rangers vs. Washington Capitals
1 May 1 Washington 6-3 W
2 May 3 Washington 5-2 W
3 May 5 at Washington 3-0 W
4 May 7 at Washington 2-4 L
5 May 9 Washington 4-3 W

Eastern Conference Finals: Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils
1 May 15 New Jersey 3-4 L(2OT)
2 May 17 New Jersey 4-0 W
3 May 19 at New Jersey 3-2 W (2OT, won by Stephane Matteau at 6:13 of second overtime)
4 May 21 at New Jersey 1-3 L
5 May 23 New Jersey 1-4 L
6 May 25 at New Jersey 4-2 W
7 May 27 New Jersey 2-1 W (2OT, won by Stephane Matteau at 4:24 of second overtime)

Stanley Cup Finals: Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks
1 May 31 Vancouver 2-3 L (OT)
2 June 2 Vancouver 3-1 W
3 June 4 at Vancouver 5-1 W
4 June 7 at Vancouver 4-2 W
5 June 9 Vancouver 3-6 L
6 June 11 at Vancouver 1-4 L
7 June 14 Vancouver 3-2 W

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