Vancouver readies for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals

Reliving History: NY Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup Finals Game 1


With the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994, it makes sense for us to look back on what happened in that epic series that of course brought the Stanley Cup to New York.

Game 1 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals between the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks was played Tuesday, May 31, 1994 at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers took the lead 2-1 late in the 3rd period following a Brian Leetch goal. But Vancouver’s Martin Gélinas scored the tying goal with a minute remaining in the period sending the game to overtime. With under a minute to go in the first overtime period, Vancouver’s Greg Adams scored the game winner and gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead in this series. Goaltender, Kirk McLean, of the Canucks made 52 saves and was easily the star of the game.

There is one very interesting coincidence that I came upon in researching for this blog post. Three times in Olympic history, a Canadian city has hosted the games. In 1978, Montreal was the host city for the Summer Olympics. The following year, the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. In 1988, the Winter Games were held in Calgary and the Flames hoisted the Cup as champions in 1989. Vancouver was the host city for the 2010 Winter Games, so could this year be the year of the Canucks?

Parallels have been drawn from the 1994 Cup Final to the 2011 Final as Vancouver prepares to host the Boston Bruins for game one. As in 1994, the 2011 Vancouver Canucks are a talented and fast team led by the Sedin brothers, goalie Roberto Luongo and a squad of hard hitters and precision puck handlers.

The City of Vancouver and its fans are ready. Here is a picture of a classic car painted in Canuck colors.

 

I have the Canucks winning in five games.

Let’s Go Rangers!

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