"I haven't celebrated coming in second too many times in my life," Messier said back then. "But I'll tell you, because of what Gordie has done, for us mere mortals who have played this game, being No. 2 is not so bad."
"I know we're going to go in and win Game 6 and bring it back here [to the Garden] for Game 7," Messier said. "We have enough talent and experience to turn the tide. That's exactly what we're going to do in Game 6."