The 1994 Stanley Cup Final
was a best-of-seven
playoff series contested between the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers
and Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks
of the National Hockey League
. The Canucks were making the club's second Final appearance, their first coming during their Cinderella
run of , and the Rangers were making their tenth appearance, their first since . The Rangers ended their record 54-year championship drought
with a victory in Game 7 to claim the long-awaited Stanley Cup
. It was the fourth championship in franchise history.
broadcast of Game 7 attracted an average Canadian audience of 4.957 million viewers, making it the most watched CBC Sports
program in history at the time.
Paths to the Final
The Canucks entered the playoffs seeded seventh in the Western Conference, and overcame a three games to one deficit against the Calgary Flames
, winning the final three games in overtime
with game seven ending in double overtime as Pavel Bure
scored the winning goal on a breakaway to upset
the Flames. They then upset the Dallas Stars
, seeded fourth and the Toronto Maple Leafs
, seeded third, in five games each to capture the Western Conference title.
The Rangers swept their New York area rival New York Islanders
and then beat the Washington Capitals
in five games,<ref... Read More