|New York Rangers
Simply put, the "Messiah" delivered. New York Ranger captain and 15-year veteran Mark Messier won his sixth Stanley Cup and ended the Rangers' 54-year Cup drought. Many players were key in the success of the Rangers including Norris Trophy winner Brian Leetch, goaltender Mike Richter, and former Edmonton Oilers stars Glenn Anderson, Esa Tikkanen and Craig MacTavish. It was Messier who stepped up to the challenge when the New York Rangers faced defeat at the hands of the mighty New Jersey Devils in the Conference Finals. Mark told the press that he would deliver, and remarkably he did. With three games going into double overtime, Messier and Co. prevailed in seven games. The Rangers repeated the feat by beating the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games. Leetch was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy after posting a league-best 34 points.
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