The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    The Impossible Takes a Little Longer

    Nothing is impossible. The way the Marines put it, “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.” The Rangers’ version of that Marines hymn will have to start Wednesday night at The Garden. Down three games to zip after the Monday night 3-0 defeat, the Blueshirts can only look to one team for inspiration.  To this day, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs remain the only club...
  • Monday, June 09, 2014

    Home On The Rangers - Hopefully An Advantage

    Now that the Rangers have returned to Madison Square Garden and eagerly await their first home game of the Stanley Cup Final, one must find words to describe what's ahead tonight against the invading Kings.  Not a single Blueshirt wanted to come home two games down in the best-of-seven series. Perhaps the best word to describe the dressing room feeling is frustration. "We played close to nine periods...
  • Sunday, June 08, 2014

    Pulsating Sudden Death And The Kings Prevail

    Home is where the heart is, and for the Rangers, hopefully, their first victory in the Stanley Cup Final. With Game 3 coming up at The Garden on Monday night, one wonders whether these teams can settle a playoff contest in regulation time.  On Saturday night Los Angeles annexed a most controversial 5-4 triumph on Dustin Brown's goal at 10:26 of the second sudden death. However, the officiating...
  • Friday, June 06, 2014

    Read Stan Fishler's Thoughts On Game 1

    FIVE REASONS FOR THE RANGERS TO TAKE HEART: 1. Henrik Lundqvist is in mint condition.  2. Given even average support in the overtime, he would have won the game for New York. 3. Ryan McDonagh can play a 60-minute-plus game and hardly break a sweat. 4. A 2-2 game that was decided on a freakish play is not likely to happen again to Dan Girardi. 5. The Law of Averages says that Rick Nash will bust...
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    The Maven's Rangers-Penguins Preview

    RANGERS RECORD: 3-3-0; PENGUINS RECORD: 3-3-0 THEME: Rally around cally
    PLUS: Michael Del Zotto has been instrumental in the Rangers last two wins. The 22-year-old blueliner has four points (two goals, two assists) and a handsome plus-five rating.  MINUS: Mental mistakes hurt; especially too many men on the ice penalties in each of the last two games. Enemy power plays exploited each with...