Mark Messier’s Famous Guarantee

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Mark Messier

An alumnus of New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Alan Kratenstein has provided dental services to Staten Island residents for over 30 years. When he isn’t working, Alan Kratenstein, DDS, enjoys following his favorite National Hockey League team, the New York Rangers. He was at Madison Square Garden in 1994 when the team won its first Stanley Cup in 54 years.

The Rangers were heavy championship favorites that year, finishing atop the Atlantic Division in the regular season with 112 points. New York had little trouble in the first two rounds of the playoffs, losing just one of nine games before meeting their rival the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. It was that series in which a New York legend was created.

With the Rangers trailing 3-2 to the Devils in the best-of-seven series, team captain Mark Messier proclaimed his team was going to win on the road in New Jersey and take the series back to New York for Game 7. “We’re going to go in and win Game 6,” was his first answer in a press scrum that had little to do with the original question. Sure enough, the Rangers won that game 4-2 with Mark Messier scoring three goals and adding an assist. The team won again two nights later, securing a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, where it would take down the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.