by Patrick Hoffman on 06/14/12 at 09:00 AM ET
From Bob Birge at Sportsideo.com:
That Tuesday morning 18 years ago, dawned to oppressive heat and humidity, befitting our moods.
After the 4-1 loss in game six and seeing those damn white towels waiving at Pacific Coliseum amid the beautiful Western Canadian sunset, I was convinced that it wasn’t going to happen.
I was convinced that our beloved—and cursed - hockey team was going to find a new, even more exotic way to break our hearts. We might have thought they had exhausted every possible method of doing that, but squandering a 3-1 lead in the Final would top all the previous heartbreaks.
The Rangers were just never going to win the Stanley Cup again. They would go into the 21st Century as hockey’s version of the Chicago Cubs, the one difference being that these weren’t the “lovable losers”.
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