The New York Rangers have won the 1st Victoria Cup. The game against Metallurg Magnitogorsk was played at a very high tempo and a lot of intensity. The team from Russia got the better start when they were up 3-0 after 30 minutes. The Rangers rallied and were able to cut the deficit to 3-1. Thanks to goals from Dan Fritsche and Chris Drury (his second of the night) the Rangers were able to tie the game with almost ten minutes left. When there were just 25 seconds left on the clock, Ryan Callahan intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and came in all alone on Metallurg goalie Mezin and scored. He scored the game winner and broke the Russian's heart with that goal.
As mentioned above, it was a very good game played with a lot of passion from both teams. There will be at least two more Victoria Cup finals played between the European Club Champion and an NHL team. The game between the Rangers and Metallurg makes you hungry to see more games of that type. I am really looking forward to next year's edition of the Victoria Cup eventhough it will not be played in Switzerland. Rene Fasel, president of the IIHF, mentioned a possible scenario, that the Cup could shift to North America and then come back to Europe. Anyway, the hockey we saw in Bern showed us what a great game we have and hopefully was able to get some people's attention for our sport in the future.