No matter the sport, nothing stirs the emotions like game seven.
On Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers will play in their first seventh game since winning the Stanley Cup on June 14, 1994. New York is 3-5 all-time in seventh games, but 3-0 at home.
Here is a quick look at the Rangers' game seven history:
1939 -- Bruins 2, Rangers 1, semifinals -- Rangers become first team in NHL history to force a seventh game after losing the first three but drop the seventh game in triple overtime. The following season, New York would win the franchise's third Stanley Cup before the curse of Red Dutton set in.
1950 -- Detroit 4, Rangers 3, finals -- Pete Babando scored the winning goal for the Red Wings at 8:31 of double overtime. This was the first time a seventh game of the Stanley Cup Final went to overtime in NHL history. It would take another 22 years for the Rangers to return to the Finals.
1971 -- Chicago 4, Rangers 2, semifinals -- Blackhawks eliminate the Rangers at Chicago Stadium after New York's Pete Stemkowski scored in triple overtime at MSG to force game seven.
1974 -- Philadelphia 4, Rangers 3, semifinals -- This was a brutal series during the era of the Flyers' "Broadstreet Street
Bullies" and the seventh game features one of the darkest moments in Rangers' history as defenseman Dale Rolfe gets
pummelled by Flyers' tough guy Dave Schultz as his teammates stand around and watch.
1992 -- Rangers 8, Devils 4, Patrick Division semifinals -- Rangers win a seventh game for the first time in franchise history in Mark Messier's first season on Broadway.
1994 -- Rangers 2, Devils 1, Eastern Conference finals -- "Matteau, Matteau, Matteau!" Stephane Matteau scores the
most famous goal in franchise history at 4:24 of double overtime to send the Rangers to their first finals appearance
in 15 years.
1994 -- Rangers 3, Canucks 2, Stanley Cup Finals -- "The waiting is over. The Rangers are the Stanley Cup
champions and this one will last a lifetime" proclaimed Sam Rosen as Rangers end their 54-year Stanley Cup drought.
Messier becomes first player in NHL history to serve as a captain on two Cup-winning teams.
2009 -- Washington 2, Rangers 1 -- Rangers squader a 3-1 series lead for the first time in franchise history. Sergei Fedorov scores the winning goal with 4:59 left in the third period as defenseman Wade Redden backs off on the play.