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Messier comes through with "guarantee"
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


May 25, 1994

Mark Messier guaranteed a New York Ranger victory yesterday. "We know we are going to go in there and win Game 6 and bring it back to the Garden," the Rangers captain said as his team faced elimination by the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Tonight in East Rutherford, N.J., he makes sure his words hold true. After the Devils jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, Messier steps up in mythical fashion. Nursing sore ribs, he assists on Alexei Kovalev's goal late in the second period and then scores three goals in the third period to propel the Rangers to a 4-2 victory.

After the game, Messier, who has won five Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers, deflects the accolades to his teammates. "No one man wins a hockey game or a game in any sport," he says.

Bolstered by Messier's performance, the Rangers will beat the Devils in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden, advancing to the finals. Then they will defeat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to win their first Cup in 54 years.





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