Messier scored three goals for a hat trick as well as an assist, making him the primary player in the Rangers win. Adam Graves contributed one goal and one assist to the Rangers victory. The four goals were scored out of 29 shots. The victorious goalie was Mike Richter. He saved 22 of 24 shots attempted against him.
Messier’s career started with the World Hockey Association where he played the 1978-79 season. He was chosen by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round of the 1979 draft. He went to the Rangers starting in the 1991-92 season and stayed in New York for six seasons. The Vancouver Canucks took him in for three seasons before he was returned to the Rangers to finish off his time on the ice. His last season was 1996-97 At the end of his career he scored a total of 694 goals, the seventh most in the NHL. He also claimed six Stanley Cup Championship rings and represented team Canada in 1991. He claimed the Conn Smythe Trophy once. He received the the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award twice each.
“I never was brought into the league thinking as far as, you know, statistics, things like that. We were really brought into the league in a team concept. Everything was focused around wining.” -Mark Messier