Last night's dismal outing by the Canucks made us think back to the 1994 Stanley Cup, when on June 14, 1994, the Vancouver Canucks fell to the New York Rangers in Game 7. It was a simliar start to last night's "game" when the home squad jumped on top early and held the opposition to a scoreless first period. However, back in '94, the Canucks didn’t give up. Down 2-0, the Western Conference champs pulled it together and came back with a short-handed goal by team captain, Trevor Linden, to cut the lead to one. Mark Messier then restored a 2-goal Ranger lead late in the second period, followed shortly by yet another Trevor Linden goal. The Rangers managed to stay out of reach and held on to win Game 7.
Madison Square Garden erupted into cheers as the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years.
1994 was the second NHL Stanley Cup Finals appearance for Vancvouer and it was also their second loss.
Last night, the Vancouver Canucks didn’t seem to show up to Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins set the tone quickly by jumping on top 4-0 in the first period and went on to completely dominated the entire game. The Finals go back to Vancouver tomorrow night for Game 7…hopefully both teams will be playing. Will third time be a charm or will Boston claim their fifth Cup?
On June 22, 1994, the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks, 90-84, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. This win gave the Rockets their first NBA Championship in the 27-year history of the franchise.
Hakeem Olajuwon finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Olajuwon was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, becoming the first center to win the award since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1985. Vernon Maxwell added 21 points, while Sam Cassell scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to finish with 13. Derek Harper led the Knicks with 23 points in the loss. Patrick Ewing was held to 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting. This 1994 series was Patrick Ewing's first NBA Finals appearance, and he set a Finals record for the most blocks in a series with 30.
The Houston Rockets played seven low-scoring defensive games against the New York Knicks during this season. After splitting the first two games in Houston, the Knicks won two out of three games at Madison Square Garden. In Game 6, Olajuwon blocked a last-second attempt at a game winner by John Starks, which gave the Rockets an 86-84 victory, resulting in Game 7.