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New York Rangers Win First American Stanley Cup
New York Rangers Win First American Stanley CupGeorge Manos
IntroductionGeorge Manos is the president and co-owner of Thor Executive Security Teams in New York City. When he is not managing security services at Thor Executive, George Manos enjoys supporting his local sports teams, including the New York Rangers hockey team.
In 1928, the New York Rangers became the first American team competing in the National Hockey League (NHL) to win the Stanley Cup. Having posted a 19-16 record over the course of the regular season, the Rangers, then in just their second year in the league, finished second in the American division and opened the postseason playoffs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Rangers and the Pirates split their two games, with Rangers advancing on the merits of a 6-4 goal-scoring advantage.
New York RangersThe Rangers soon found themselves in another sudden-death situation, having drawn a 1-1 tie with the Boston Bruins in the second round of the playoffs. New York prevailed once again, this time outpacing the Bruins 4-1 on their home ice in the second game and advancing to the franchises first Stanley Cup Final.
All five games of the 1928 Stanley Cup Final were played on the home ice of the Montreal Maroons. After suffering a loss in the opener, the Rangers held strong in the second game and won a 2-1 overtime victory. However, another Maroons win in game 3 put Montreal within one victory of the cup. In the final two games of the series, the Rangers renewed their defensive efforts, shutting out Montreal in game 4 and holding the Maroons to a single goal in the decisive fifth game. The win marked the first of the Rangers five Stanley Cup championships.