With that thought in mind, here is a very abridged history--with highlights and lowlights--of what came before this possibly magical, possibly heartbreaking 2013-14 season.
1989: It's Ranger mug night at Madison Square Garden. Former Flyer Bob Froese is in goal for New York and that's a bad combination. When he lets in a few softies, fans litter the ice with the mugs. After the game, Froese remarks, "I'm just glad it wasn't machete night."