The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    Read Stan Fischler's Series Preview

    Let's start at the end; the Rangers will beat Los Angeles in six games; maybe even five. It's easy to figure. The Blueshirts have the better goaltender, superior defense right down to the sixth man (Raphael Diaz) and a better balanced attack. New York also boasts the hitherto un-unused Secret Weapon (Rick Nash) and the factor you cannot quantify, freshness thanks to an early vanquish of Montreal. Want more? ...
  • 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...
  • Thursday, June 05, 2014

    The Win That Got Away

  • 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...