During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for May 25th, featuring Mark Messier.
Today in Hockey History
Mark Messier Delivers on Game 6 Guarantee
1994: The New York Rangers centre follows through a promise to beat the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. Messier scores a hat trick to give the Rangers a 4-2 win at the Meadowlands. The captain told reporters that the Rangers would force Game 7 with a win.
New York rallies from 2-0 down after Messier sets up Alex Kovalev. Messier then scores the next three goals to get the Rangers one game from their first final since 1979. The Rangers would win Game 7 thanks to Stephane Matteau.
1998: Bill Clinton is the first sitting American president to watch an NHL playoff game. He watches the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in overtime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.
2002: Patrick Roy plays in his 237th career post-season game in the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Roy stops 31 shots as he tops Messier for most playoff games.