The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • Saturday, June 07, 2014

    Hear -- As In Hearing -- There and Everywhere in the Rangers-Kings Cup Final

    Talk may be cheap, but when it comes to the arrival of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles, the chatter actually is priceless. The following are some verbal gems, not to be confused with filibusters. You get the voices of the chief protagonists. After that, The Maven comments. And, as an added attraction, you'll hear from my Associate in Hockey Knowledge, Jake Becker, direct from New...
  • 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...
  • Thursday, June 05, 2014

    The Win That Got Away

  • Wednesday, June 04, 2014

    Rangers-Kings Game 1 Pregame Notes

    Everyone -- including The Maven -- has a theory on winning in the Stanley Cup Final. In Los Angeles, for example, the thinking is that the bigger and -- supposedly -- stronger Kings can triumph by battering the Blueshirts at every turn. That plan makes sense until you consider that the Big, Bad Bruins figured that they could intimidate the Montreal Canadiens and guess who exited Stage Left. Hint: It wasn't the...