They're not messing around in New York. It's the first trip to the Eastern Conference Final since 1997 for the Rangers, and it's a rematch of the phenomenal 1994 Conference Final against these same Devils. In that series, Stephane Matteau gave the Rangers the victory in double overtime of Game 7 to send them to the Cup Final and an eventual Stanley Cup victory.
And this year, as they prep for the rematch before Game 1? Yep, Matteau.
Stephane Matteau was just on the Jumbotron. They're bringing out the heavy artillery.— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) May 14, 2012
True story: If this series reaches a Game 7, it'll be on the anniversary of Matteau's Game 7 goal.