The Maven's Haven

  • Monday, June 16, 2014

    Rangers, Fans Have Reason To Smile

    Hope is a better companion than fear. -- Poet Martin Farquhar Tupper Looking ahead, the Rangers and their legion of supporters have reason to break into a grateful grin, Cup Final notwithstanding. Forget the sting of that double-overtime defeat Friday night. Poof! Just like that, it's all ancient history.  Then again, looking ahead, the Blueshirt Nation can take solace in the recent past because...
  • Saturday, June 14, 2014

    Stan Fischler Chronicles the Stanley Cup Final

    The Maven Stan Fischler will be providing his legendary unique perspective on the Stanley Cup Final between the Blueshirts and Kings with daily posts, right here on MSG.com. Hope is a better companion than fear. -- Poet Martin Farquhar Tupper Looking ahead, the Rangers and their legion of supporters have reason to break into a grateful grin, Cup Final notwithstanding. Forget the sting of that double-overtime...
  • Saturday, June 14, 2014

    IT’S OVER -- WITH RANGERS HEADS HELD HIGH

    Okay so they didn’t win The Cup. But in bowing out on Friday night, 3-2, in double sudden death overtime to the champion Kings in Los Angeles, the Rangers won something equally important — the admiration of their fans, coaches, management, the rest of the league, and even casual sports fans in the city of New York. Sure everyone wanted the Blueshirts to take the mug, but we knew from the get-go...
  • Friday, June 13, 2014

    Rangers On the Precipice Again - Only Now in LA

    As the Rangers prepare for what could be a fatal Game 5 in Los Angeles, there are those in the crowd who believe that the Blueshirts are fortunate to be on the West Coast and alive.  The 2-1 victory Wednesday night at The Garden — the critics argue — was as much a product of Henrik Lundqvist’s snow pile as it was a credit to his goaltending. But even the most fanatic of Rangers followers understand that the combination...
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014

    One Down, Three To Go for Rangers

    Now for the second win.  With Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final set for Staples Center on Friday night — the 13th, in case you worry about things like that — the revived Rangers look to make it two in a row, en route to a possible third and fourth W. Don’t tell me it’s impossible because: 1) Anything is possible in hockey and, 2) The Maple Leafs did just that in the 1942 Stanley Cup Final. You...
  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    YES, IT CAN BE DONE

    Yes, there is something left in the Rangers' tank -- and it's not just the return of Dan Carcillo. With Game 4 on tap tonight and the threat of a four-game sweep staring them in the face, the Blueshirts are not yet doomed against the Kings. Not by a long shot or a snapshot. And, yes, there are reasons for hope. Consider the following: LUCK: Let's face it, Lady Luck plays a major part in any playoff...
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Read Stan Fischler's Game 1 Recap

    On Saturday, the Rangers and Kings resume the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center, and anyone who thinks he or she can figure this series out has another thing coming ... at least if the opener offers any barometer of the action. As even-steven as any match can be, it wasn't decided until Justin Williams exploited a Dan Girardi error in sudden death to give the Kings the 3-2 OT victory.  The loss...
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Who Said It Would Be Easy for Rangers?

    A bad clear here, and an unexpectedly fallen Ranger there, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final wasn’t as bad as Humpty Dumpty’s fall-off-the-wall because Old Dumpty couldn’t be put together again. The Rangers can. And as they prepare for Game 2 Saturday night at Staples Center against the Big, Bad Kings, the issue is methodology. Translated: Do the Blueshirts prevail? The Maven believes that fixing...