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As Rangerstown ramps up for Game 7 of the ECF between their New York Rangers and Lightning, Stephane Matteau reminds us of what it’s like.

By Robby Sabo

On one side there is sheer joy, ecstasy, enthusiasm, thrill and complete madness.

On the other side there is heartbreak, utter disgust and complete anger.

These are the two complete opposite ends of the spectrum of human emotion that millions feel whenever a Game 7 concludes during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.1rangers2


The deeper you get in the tournament, the more magnified these raw emotions become showcased.

As the New York Rangers get ready to welcome in the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight, many wait with bated breath, nervous anxiousness, and enough superstition to put doctors across North America on high alert.

There’s no questioning this Rangers team. They have passed almost every test there is in these situations, led by their best player, Henrik Lundqvist.

The question tonight is whether the Lightning are real enough to escape New York City and shatter hopes and dreams all over the map.

1994 showed us these very contrasting emotions that come with the conclusion of a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

We all remember:

Oh yeah, to add the sugar on top, let’s not forget about how loud Madison Square Garden would get during Mr. John Amirante’s rendition of the National Anthem.

Or, at least what we could hear from him:

So, the only thing left to say is, let’s get to it.

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