New York Rangers list of Game 7 winning goals has many unlikely heroes

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May 15, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers players celebrate as they leave the ice after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime of game seven of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York York Rangers will be playing their 18th Game 7 in franchise history on Monday night. The setting for this one is at the Prudential Center against the New Jersey Devils

Their record stands at 11-6 in those contests. Furthermore, the Rangers have won eight of their last nine Game 7 matches and are 11-2 since 1992 when they beat the Devils 8-4 in the semifinals.

New York played their last Game 7 in the 2022 postseason, when they beat the Carolina Hurricanes in round two by a 6-2 score.

Editor’s Note: Updated on April 30th, 2023 to reflect last year’s playoffs

New York Rangers Game 7 heroes

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Rangers Mark Messier (11) comes away from a check to Vancouver’s Trevor Linden (16) during game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals at Madison Square Garden June 14, 1994. The Rangers won the game 3-2 and the Stanley Cup. Credit: © Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News

As the Rangers prepare for action, many will be looking to the big stars to be the difference maker in Game 7. If history has anything to say about it, the game-winning goal is likely to come off the stick of someone you wouldn’t expect.

A quick look at the game-winning markers for the New York Rangers does have stars like Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brad Richards, and recently Artemi Panarin on the list. But more often it was players like Benoit Pouliot, Aaron Asham, and Dan Girardi lighting the lamp.

And let’s not forget one of the biggest playoff goals in Rangers history came off Stephane Matteau’s stick in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final in double OT over the New Jersey Devils. A noted role player if there ever was one.

GAME 7 GWGYearRoundOpponent
Ryan Strome2022RD 1@ Carolina Hurricanes
Artemi Panarin (OT)2022RD 1Pittsburgh Penguins
Derek Stepan (OT)2015RD 2Washington Capitals
Brad Richards2014RD 2@ Pittsburgh Penguins
Benoit Pouliot2014RD 1Philadelphia Flyers
Aaron Asham2013RD 1@ Washington Capitals
Michael Del Zotto2012RD 2Washington Capitals
Dan Girardi2012RD 1Ottawa Senators
Mark Messier1994SCFVancouver Canucks
Stephane Matteau (2OT)1994ECFNew Jersey Devils
Adam Graves1992RD 1New Jersey Devils
List of Game 7 Heroes

So if the New York Rangers win Monday, it could very well be a goal off the stick of Artemi Panarin or Patrick Kane. Maybe it will Mika Zibanejad or Chris Kreider.

Just don’t be surprised if Tyler Motte, Barclay Goodrow, or Ryan Lindgren becomes the next name on the list above.

Note: Thank you to NYR PR staff for some of the research in this article.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore