The Maven's Haven

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    The Maven's Rangers Season Preview

    For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
    --
    John Greenleaf Whittier, from his poem "Maud Muller." To this day Rangers fans hark back to that Brad Richards' playoff overtime breakaway against Martin Brodeur that just missed torpedoing the Devils last Spring. Ah, what might have been had the Blueshirts sharpshooter beaten New Jersey's netminder. But the goal never happened and a Cup march...
  • Monday, January 14, 2013

    Let's Get to the Hockey!

    For many NHL-less months, I was constantly reminded of a song from the 1963 English musical about World War I, "Oh, What A Lovely War."  The tune in question opened as follows: "When this lousy war is over, oh, how happy I will be." And that's precisely how I felt about the seemingly endless CBA Battle. Amen! The hockey war is over and I -- along with millions of fans, media types and other onlookers...
  • Wednesday, January 02, 2013

    Greatest Rivalries: Gaborik's Goal Fest vs. Isles

    Two of the more perplexing questions confronting any hockey coach are: 1. When does he start his backup goalie in a tense rivalry game?  2. At what point in such a game does he yank a supposedly slumping netminder? These two challenges were presented to John Tortorella on the night of Dec. 2, 2010 during which Martin Biron was yanked and eventually replaced by Henrik Lundqvist at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum....
  • Friday, December 28, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Avery's Infamous Screening of Brodeur

    There are many ways to describe Sean Avery depending on your rooting interest.

    For example you can include his personality, his outlook on life, as well as your view of hockey decorum and personal fan favorites.

    Because of his idiosyncratic behavior -- mostly as a Ranger -- Avery has alternately been called Puck's Bad Boy, The Great Gabbo and Superpest, among the kinder nicknames.

    In the minds...
  • Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Rangers Win on Long Island for First Time Since 1989

    If ever the bromide "Turnabout is fair play" had relevance to a hockey rivalry it was amply demonstrated by the annual war game on ice played by the Rangers and Islanders between the months of March 1993 and April 1994. And if a single game could crystallize the enmity that stirred adrenaline between Manhattan and Uniondale, it took place at Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum on March 5, 1994.
    Or,...
  • Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Islanders Win, Rangers Miss Playoffs, Turgeon Scores 50th Goal in 1993

    Rangers-Islanders, April 2, 1993, was extra-special for a lot of reasons: 1. A playoff berth was at stake: 2.The team with the NHL's best record a year earlier was up against an upstart club that didn't even make the playoffs in the previous season; and 3. The fallout from a mid-season Rangers coach-firing still smoldered among Blueshirts fans.

    In retrospect, events leading up to that dynamic...
  • Monday, December 17, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Rangers & Devils Meet in Playoffs for the First Time

    To best understand and appreciate the Rangers’ playoff series victory over New Jersey in the Spring of 1992, one must turn back the calendar to the Autumn of 1991; specifically Oct. 5 The fallout from one of the most arresting trades in NHL history still was reverberating around the hockey world all because THE Captain, Mark Messier, had just become a Ranger. At the time, Messier was regarded as the best team-leader in...
  • Friday, December 14, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Gartner's Hat Trick Eliminates Isles

    Only on the rarest of occasions will a single playoff-game result not only in long-term effects on both hockey clubs but actually inspire one team's moves -- in this case, the Rangers -- that would eventually lead it to win a Stanley Cup. It wasn't evident at the time but the Rangers ‘6-5 postseason victory over the Islanders on April 13, 1990 did more than merely provide the Blueshirts with their...
  • Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Richer Stuns Rangers

    Something new had developed in the Rangers-Devils rivalry that would affect the teams for almost two decades. That was the arrival of Martin Brodeur as New Jersey’s premier puck-stopper. The affable French-Canadian from Montreal made a brief debut during the 1991-92 season, but really didn’t emerge as a factor until the 1993-1994 season. Brodeur posted a 27-11-8 record with a 2.40 goals against...
  • Thursday, November 29, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Rangers-Devils 1994 Game 7 - Matteau, Matteau, Matteau

    “This will be the biggest game in these two franchises’ history, going back at least 50 years. Buckle up!” –Peter McNab – Devils TV analyst for SportsChannel Well, some would call it not only the greatest game, but the greatest game of the NHL’s greatest series ever. That’s what Associated Press executive hockey editor Tim Sullivan labeled the series and its finale. Not only that, but Sullivan...