New York Rangers Flashback: Mike Gartner delivers a hat trick vs Pittsburgh

Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport /

In another 1993-1994 flashback to the New York Rangers Stanley Cup season, we look at a game vs. Pittsburgh and a Mike  Gartner hat trick.

The New York Rangers are 25 years removed from a very special season. The 1993-1994 season gave us a dream scenario, ending a fifty year Stanley Cup drought. “And this one will last a lifetime!”, was the now famous call that accompanied the on-ice celebration 25 years ago.

Over the last few weeks we have been looking back at big games on the way to the Stanley Cup victory. This afternoon, we go back 25 years to a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It was this on this date in 1994 that Ken Wregget and the Penguins came in to Madison Square Garden to take on Mike Messier and the rest of the Rangers.

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However, on this night, Mark Messier was not the man of the hour. The man who held the night for the Rangers was Mike Gartner.

It started at the 12:32 mark when Gartner opened the scoring on a goal assisted by Adam Graves and Sergei Zubov.

The period had a couple of fights, including one between Kevin Stevens and Sergei Zubov. Take a look:

That was on the power play, as was his second goal of the game, at the 35 second mark of period number two.

On the night the Rangers went 3-7 on the power play, which ended up being a huge key to the victory.

Just over a minute later, at the 1:58 mark, Sergei Nemchinov put in his 17th of the year, assisted by Alex Kovalev and Alexi Karpovtsev.

The Rangers scored one more time in the period on a Mark Messier goal just under halfway through the period.

Mike Stapleton got the Penguins on the board at the 11:09 mark to make it 4-1 and that is how the second period closed at the Garden.

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Gartner rounded out his big night at the 8:48 mark in the third. He put home his third of the night with help from friends Messier and Zubov. It was his 24th of the season and the hat trick was complete.

The Penguins were able to score two late to make the game closer, one by Joe Mullen and one by Martin Straka. However, the Rangers were in control of this game right from opening faceoff until the final horn.

It was the Rangers 33rd win of the year and brought their point total up to 69. It was just another notch on the board for a team on the way to the President’s Trophy and a special Stanley Cup victory.