There’s a Game Seven tonight, something Rangers fans are very accustomed to and adept at surviving. One of the teams playing tonight for the chance at Lord Stanley’s Cup was in the same exact Game Seven scenario at Madison Square Garden just three years ago; the other team has never made it this far.
Regardless of who you are cheering for (or cheering less against, or rooting against, etc.), a no-stakes, series-deciding game is always exciting. Given the amount of raw talent in this game (hello Alexander Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Nicklas Backstrom, Victor Hedman, just to name a few), as a fan of the game, you certainly should find some joy in watching.
Now since this is a Rangers blog, and the Rangers are the Kings of Game Seven (patent pending), let’s take a look back at some of the best Game Seven moments in recent history.
Let’s quickly set the mood…
Welcome back to 2014, AKA the Year of the Game Seven.
2014, First Round against the Flyers
Really, the most important thing that happened in this series was the Daniel Carcillo double deuce at the Philly crowd. Moving on…
2014, Second Round against the Penguins
This series was absolutely amazing for so many reasons. First off, this was the first time the Rangers came back from a 3-1 defecit in their history to win a series. Secondly, off the back of absolute tragedy – the sudden loss of Martin St. Louis’ mother – MSL and the Rangers showed solidarity and resiliency in coming back to win. Can anyone say they weren’t moved during Game 6, Mother’s Day 2014, when MSL scored? No. No you cannot, because then you would be a robot. Long story short, that series was dope – my favorite as an only Decade Old Ranger fan.
2015, Second Round against the Capitals
Picture it: Overtime, Game 7, your stomach is about to fall through your butt. Derek Stepan wins the faceoff to Noted Terrible Defenseman Keith Yandle, who sauces a beautiful pass to Actual Terrible Defenseman Dan Girardi, whose shot rebounds to — who else? — Stepan, who puts it in the back of the net. The giddiest jumping celebration ensues.
1994, Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!
No explanation needed.
As for tonight, settle in and watch. Either you’ll watch a generational talent make it to his first Stanley Cup Final, or you’ll watch a bunch of old Rangers make it. You could make a case for either, and you can make a case for both. No matter which way you lean, it should be a good fight to the end.