The Maven's Haven

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Rangers-Islanders: April 10, 1984

    To some observers-- mostly Islanders fans-- this was the greatest hockey game ever played. To other critics, it was the best of any Met Area showdowns. And there were plenty of reasons to underline the point.  For one thing, the Islanders-Rangers rivalry had reached the white heat level by the 1983-84 season. Having won four straight Cups, the Isles were hell-bent on a Drive For Five. On the fl...
  • Friday, January 25, 2013

    Mave's Saves: Rangers vs. Maple Leafs

    Rangers record: 1-3 Maple Leafs record: 2-2 Theme: Getting back on track—and staying there! Plus: Don’t look now, but the Blueshirts' secret weapon -- is get this! -- Taylor Pyatt. Even John Tortorella has been praising the Blueshirts’ offseason acquisition.  Pyatt collected his third goal in as many games. Which means he should get extended minutes against Toronto; even on the power play. Minus...
  • Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Stan Fischler Previews Rangers vs. Flyers

    RANGERS RECORD: 1-2-0 (2 PTS)
    THEME: UP, UP AND AWAY PLUS: Marian Gaborik hot after hat trick against Boston. Ryan Callahan leading more than ever; finished with nine hits against Boston and four blocked shots. Getting the first pair of points relieves a lot of pressure; media and otherwise. Top line of Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash was dominant; borderline scary. MINUS: The power play,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...