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Ranking the 5 Most Unbelievable Moments in New York Rangers History

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIAugust 11, 2013

Ranking the 5 Most Unbelievable Moments in New York Rangers History

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    The New York Rangers have had an incredibly storied history. Scores of tremendous players have been on the roster and there have been so many great moments.

    Which, however, are the most unbelievable in Rangers history? Which are the moments Rangers fans will always remember?

    Read on to find out. 

5. 1979

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    In 1979, the Rangers shocked the hockey world, beating the then-mighty New York Islanders to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

    While they ended up losing to Montreal, the playoff run was magical. John Davidson was absolutely spectacular in goal.

    It would turn out to be one of the best moments until the 1990s, when the Rangers finally broke the curse and won the Stanley Cup in 1994. 

4. Henrik's Domination

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    Henrik Lundqvist's entire career has been unbelievable, but perhaps his best moment was the 2013 postseason.

    Down 3-2 in the series to the Washington Capitals, the Rangers needed Lundqvist to be at his best. He certainly delivered.

    He posted back-to-back shutouts, stopping 62 shots in the two games.

    There has never been a better display of goaltending in Rangers history. Lundqvist is the best goalie in Rangers history and his clutch play was nothing short of spectacular. 

3. Matteau! Matteau!

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    Stephane Matteau's game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final is one of the best moments in Rangers history.

    The wraparound goal that beat Martin Brodeur sent the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final.

    The call on the radio by broadcaster Howie Rose was equally memorable, as his screams of "Matteau! Matteau!" have become legendary and unmistakable. 


2. Eddie! Eddie!

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    Eddie Giacomin was one of the best goaltenders in Rangers history. He won the Vezina Trophy in 1971 and his number is retired in the rafters.

    At the end of his career, though, the Rangers decided to go with a youth movement and placed him on waivers. He was claimed by the Detroit Red Wings

    In his first game back at Madison Square Garden, he was greeted with thunderous cheers of "Eddie! Eddie!" Giacomin was brought to tears.

    The moment not only showed what Giacomin meant to the franchise, but also the respect and appreciation Rangers fans had for him.  

1. 1994 Stanley Cup

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    The 1994 playoffs were magical.

    Whether it was Mark Messier's guarantee, Brian Leetch's stellar play or Mike Richter's goaltending, the march to the Stanley Cup will never be forgotten.

    It broke a 54-year curse, and every member of that team will be forever loved in New York.

    While the Rangers have not been to a Stanley Cup Final since, memories of the incredible run will always make Rangers fans happy. 

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