75 years later, Rangers stage a big comeback

It’s only been 75 years. For the first time since 1939 and only the second time in their history, the New York Rangers have rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force a Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the 1939 Series A semifinals, the Rangers were down 3-0 to the Boston Bruins, then won three straight games. However their comeback hopes were dashed in Game 7, when Mel Hill, shown at right, scored in the third overtime for a 2-1 win.

Hill was the hero of the series. He scored two other OT game-winners, including another triple overtime goal in Game One, and earned the nickname “Sudden Death.” Hill’s record of three overtime games in the same series still stands.

The Bruins went on to win the Stanley Cup that year, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games. Hill scored a goal in the Cup clincher, and wound up with six goals and three assists in the playoffs.

The Rangers would go on to win the Stanley Cup in 1940, then endured a 54-year title drought before winning a dramatic seventh game against the Vancouver Canucks in 1994.

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