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THE EARLY YEARS

AN AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING The first 14 years of the New York Rangers' existence brought the glory of three Stanley Cups and some of the most exciting moments in their history

By Michael Farber

THE CURSE

THE CUP OF SORROW After winning in 1940, the Rangers burned to break a jinx that brought heartache for 53 years

By Leigh Montville

THE COACH

IRON MIKE With his reputation as a taskmaster well established, Mike Keenan lightened up a bit and finally won a Cup

By Austin Murphy

1993-94 REGULAR SEASON

HIGH AND MIGHTY After a slow start, the Rangers earned the Presidents' Trophy for finishing atop the league standings

By Michael Farber

THE ARCHITECT

GUTS, THEN GLORY Ranger general manager Neil Smith made the tough choices that finally brought a championship to New York

By Michael Farber

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

SWEEPING VICTORY The New York Rangers ousted the Islanders, their hated local rivals, in four straight games

By Christian Stone

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

STICKS AND STONES Despite goading by the Capitals, the Rangers kept their cool and took the series in five games

By Christian Stone

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

OVER AND OUT It took seven grueling games and some sudden-death magic, but the Rangers finally exorcised the Devils

By Michael Farber

RANGER PEOPLE

TWO FOR THE MONEY The Rangers cashed in big on the winning style of Mark Messier and the rise to stardom of Brian Leetch

By Leigh Montville

Glenn Healy and Mike Richter

By Christian Stone

Stephane Matteau

By Tim Crothers

Glenn Anderson, Craig MacTavish and Brian Noonan

By Tim Crothers ;

Adam Graves

By Leigh Montville

Esa Tikkanen

By Austin Murphy

Kevin Lowe

By Christian Stone

Steve Larmer

By Tim Crothers

Joey Kocur and Greg Gilbert

By Tim Crothers

Doug Lidster and Jay Wells

By Christian Stone

Alexander Karpovtsev, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov and Sergei Zubov

By Christian Stone

Jeff Beukeboom

By Christian Stone

Dick Todd and Colin Campbell

By Christian Stone

STANLEY CUP FINALS

SEVEN GAMES TO GLORY The Rangers outlasted the upstart Vancouver Canucks to finally capture that elusive Stanley Cup

By Michael Farber

POINT AFTER

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