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he Hudson River divides these two franchises from each other, and there is always a strong contingent of fans from both sides in attendance. The Rangers' and Devils' rivalry goes back to the late '80s and early '90s, but the powder keg was lit during the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Rangers edged out the Devils and went on to win their first title in 54 years, and New York was on top. The following year, the Devils won the cup after a shortened season (as a result of the lockout) and also went on to win cups in 2000 and 2003.
Needless to say, the current series is very important. The Rangers are looking to advance to their first final since 1994 and reclaim the Stanley Cup.
Games featuring the two teams result in fights on and off the ice, and tons of raw emotion.
Moments like Stephane Matteau's overtime winner in 1994 remain ingrained in the minds of both franchises as a starting point, but moments like the Sean Avery and Martin Brodeur incident only have helped intensify this rivalry.