The New York Rangers had not won the Stanley Cup in more than half a century and the drought was beyond monumental.
The Rangers had tried to bring in stars to get them over the top, but future Hall of Famers like Boom-Boom Geoffrion, Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne had all failed to help the Rangers reach the promised land.
Finally, in 1991, GM Neil Smith traded for Mark Messier from Edmonton. The Rangers won the Presidents' Trophy that year but lost to the Penguins in the second round of the playoffs. In 1992-93, they failed to even qualify for the playoffs.
But in 1993-94, the Rangers again finished with the league's best record and went on to win their first championship in 54 years.
The Rangers breezed through the first two rounds of the playoffs against the Islanders and Capitals before winning an epic seven-game series over the Devils in the Eastern Conference Final.
In the Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers held a 3-1 lead over the Vancouver Canucks and seemed ready to celebrate, but the Canucks won Game 5 and Game 6 to force a seventh and deciding game at Madison Square Garden.
New York held on for a 3-2 victory, which sent the fans home happy for the first time since 1940.
As Rangers broadcaster Sam Rosen said, "This one will last a lifetime!"