This is what headlines will soon be saying once the Rangers close out the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. The Stanley Cup Finals in Madison Square Garden. It probably seemed like a pipe dream not long ago, but now here we are, one win away from hockey’s biggest games coming to the world’s most famous arena.
In a time where New York sports are dismal (The Brooklyn Nets are the only other team to make their sport’s respective playoffs in the past calendar year), the Rangers have been the bright spot in the puddle of mud. It hadn’t always looked good for the Rangers either. They finished 5th in the East, giving them a tough road to the elusive goal of 16 wins. They have already played four elimination games this postseason, including two Game 7’s. It hasn’t been easy, but on the backs of Henrik Lundqvist and midseason acquisition Martin St. Louis, this team has come together to get them to the promised land.
If you’re late to jumping on the Blueshirt Bandwagon, here’s the key things you need to know:
- The last time the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals was in 1994, when Mark Messier guaranteed victory
- In 2012, the Rangers came close, but then lost to cross-river rival, the New Jersey Devils.
- The Rangers haven’t been outscoring opponents this postseason; they’ve advanced on the back of goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who has won five straight Game 7’s
- Martin St. Louis’ mother unexpectedly died during the series against Pittsburgh, and he has been a man possessed ever since
- Stanley Cup tickets at Madison Square Garden are going to be expensive, so here are a few of the best hockey bars in NYC where you should go and root on the team
- The Rangers traded away fan-favorite captain, Ryan Callahan, in the middle of the season, and now it’s paying off
- The Canyon of Heroes run on Broadway from down around Wall Street up to City Hall, and it’s recommended you find a spot along the parade route early because when the Rangers bring The Cup back to NYC, everyone’s going to want to party
11 down, 5 to go. Let’s Go Rangers!