Mark Messier is all smiles as he accepts the 1994 Stanley Cup from NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman. The Rangers ended their record 54-year championship drought by defeating the Canucks in seven games. The year’s Rangers squad has a seventh game of their own on Thursday night when they face off against Ottawa at Madison Square Garden. (John Biever/SI)
SI VAULT: Rangers, Canucks face off in memorable series (6.20.94)

Mark Messier is all smiles as he accepts the 1994 Stanley Cup from NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman. The Rangers ended their record 54-year championship drought by defeating the Canucks in seven games. The year’s Rangers squad has a seventh game of their own on Thursday night when they face off against Ottawa at Madison Square Garden. (John Biever/SI)

SI VAULT: Rangers, Canucks face off in memorable series (6.20.94)

Rangers forwards Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan celebrate the game-winning goal in front of Craig Anderson, Sergei Gonchar, Zack Smith and Jared Cowen during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Boyle’s goal was the only scoring in the game as the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
VIDEO: Watch highlights of last night’s Rangers-Senators gameHACKEL: In 50 years as a hockey fan, I’ve never seen mayhem like thisGALLERY: Famous First Round Upsets

Rangers forwards Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan celebrate the game-winning goal in front of Craig Anderson, Sergei Gonchar, Zack Smith and Jared Cowen during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Boyle’s goal was the only scoring in the game as the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

VIDEO: Watch highlights of last night’s Rangers-Senators game
HACKEL: In 50 years as a hockey fan, I’ve never seen mayhem like this
GALLERY: Famous First Round Upsets

Detroit’s Marcel Pronovost takes a faceoff during a 1956 game against the Rangers. Also pictured are Gordie Howe (9) and Red Kelly (left wing, wearing “A” on jersey). The Red Wings currently occupy the top spot in Adrian Dater’s weekly NHL Power Rankings. (Hy Peskin/SI)
DATER: Red Wings, Predators hold top spots in this week’s Power RankingsELIOT: Should Detroit trade for a goalie with injury to Jimmy Howard

Detroit’s Marcel Pronovost takes a faceoff during a 1956 game against the Rangers. Also pictured are Gordie Howe (9) and Red Kelly (left wing, wearing “A” on jersey). The Red Wings currently occupy the top spot in Adrian Dater’s weekly NHL Power Rankings. (Hy Peskin/SI)

DATER: Red Wings, Predators hold top spots in this week’s Power Rankings
ELIOT: Should Detroit trade for a goalie with injury to Jimmy Howard

Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder pops out against Cubs pitcher Rich Harden during a 2008 Chicago-Milwaukee game. Fielder is the top free agent on the market now and according to SI’s Tom Verducci, will choose between the Rangers and Nationals. (John Biever/SI)
VERDUCCI: Fielder sweepstakes down to two teams LEMIRE: Despite long wait, Rangers remain best fitCORCORAN: Settlements, extensions made for a busy week

Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder pops out against Cubs pitcher Rich Harden during a 2008 Chicago-Milwaukee game. Fielder is the top free agent on the market now and according to SI’s Tom Verducci, will choose between the Rangers and Nationals. (John Biever/SI)

VERDUCCI: Fielder sweepstakes down to two teams 
LEMIRE: Despite long wait, Rangers remain best fit
CORCORAN: Settlements, extensions made for a busy week