I donâ€™t know how you guys feel about this, but today is the 68th anniversary of the Rangersâ€™ 1940 Stanley Cup.
Before 1994, just the year, â€œ1940â€ had a terribly negative connotation. I just wonder if now it is seen as something to be celebrated as part of team history, or if it is still viewed as part of a past curse.
Anyway, as you know, it now 1 for 68 years, and 0 for 14.If you are one who can now celebrate the past â€“ I doubt many bloggers were alive back then, and I surely was NOTÂ — I found this passage Â in the NHLâ€™s Total Stanley Cup book, a summation of the 1940 Cup win:
â€œWith the circus heading towards New York, the Rangers were forced to play the first two games of the Final on consecutive nights before vacating Madison Square Garden for the rest of the series.
“Three of the Rangersâ€™ four game-winning goals were scored in overtime, including the Cup-winner by Bryan Hextall in game six. It marked the third time in NHL history that the last goal of the season had been tallied in sudden-death.
“Lynn and Murray Patrick skated for the winners to become the third and fourth members of the Patrick family, joining father (and Rangers manager) Lester and uncle Frank (1915 Vancouver), to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.â€