The Maven's Haven

  • Saturday, May 30, 2015

    Stan Fischler's Rangers Blog

    Read Stan Fischler's latest thoughts on the New York Rangers. Follow him on Twitter @StanFischler
    ALAIN VIGNEAULT SEES THINGS CLEARLY AND SEES THEM WHOLE (6/5)
    Alain Vigneault knows only too well that his Rangers played not one, but two seasons of hockey in 2014-15. That, by the way, is a key point that many observers patently ignore. Each of those two seasons is a War of Attrition and rare is the team that can conquer both the...
  • 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...