Ranger's season over; what about his career?

Updated: April 1, 2004, 8:42 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Seven years ago, Mark Messier pulled off his Rangers sweater in a visiting locker room and ended his first tour of duty in New York without saying goodbye to a city that revered him.

Given a second chance, he didn't let that happen again.

Messier left the ice at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, showered with applause and cheers from teammates, family, friends, fans and even the Buffalo Sabres. The 4-3 loss was certainly the last game the Rangers captain will play ...

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