The Rangers Return To The Big Dance: May 29th, 2014
It had been 20 years since the New York Rangers had last made a Stanley Cup Final appearance.
Fans had endured years of failed promises, bad play, and awful administrative decisions.
However in the late 2000’s, the Rangers started to change their culture for the better.
Coaches like Tom Renney and John Tortorella instilled a culture of winning, something fans had not seen in years.
The 2013-2014 season brought about another coaching change as the Rangers said goodbye to Tortorella and brought Alain Vigneault on board.
The Rangers would eventually make the playoffs and defeat both the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.
The only team standing in their way of the Stanley Cup Finals was the Montreal Canadiens.
The Rangers would push the Habs to the brink after five games, but not without some Martin St. Louis magic in Game Five.
Henrik Lundqvist was the name of the game in Game Six, as he posted a shutout to give New York Rangers fans their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 20 years.
Dominic Moore would score the only goal of the contest off of a beautiful feed from former Ranger Brian Boyle.