Sam Rosen’s diary: Game 1 was there for the taking


Sam Rosen has called Rangers games for 30 years on MSG Network. He is famous for his ” … and this one will last a lifetime!” call of the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup championship.

Rosen, a New City resident, will provide diary entries throughout this year’s Stanley Cup Final. Here is the second installment:

By Sam Rosensam rosen photo

The Rangers missed an opportunity to get a jump in the series.

I think Game 1 was there for the taking and that was one where the Kings and Darryl Sutter admitted it after the game, that they weren’t there as far as their legs were concerned. The Rangers were the fresher team, and the Rangers played that way.

The first period was great hockey for the Rangers — really used their speed well and had a lot of chances. We’ve seen it before with L.A. This is part of their M.O. They fall behind, they don’t break, they don’t get flustered, they just keep coming at you.

That goal, with Jeff Carter setting it up and Kyle Clifford scoring, that was a huge goal. It more turned on L.A. than stopped the Rangers, because I thought the Rangers continued to play well throughout the second period, too. But overall, you look at the situation and the Rangers played a good game. They were right there. The good points standing out — Henrik Lundqvist playing a great game, giving his team a chance to win.

The key to me is always, you’ve got to score more than two goals to beat an L.A. Kings team. They’re going to keep coming at you, keep finding ways to score. The other good factors for the Rangers: The penalty kill was exceptional, led by Carl Hagelin and his great speed. What a threat he’s become on the penalty kill and as a guy who can score short-handed goals.

So there were good things for the Rangers, but still there were pieces missing and to me, the biggest piece is still that top line. Rick Nash needs to do more. I thought Chris Kreider could have done more, and of course Derek Stepan had a big turnover in the first period that led to the first L.A. goal. That line needs to produce.

From a Rangers standpoint, losing one game is not the end of the world. I think they have to emphasize the positive, know that they can play with the L.A. Kings, feel that they can force the Kings into mistakes, use their speed well and continue to put the pressure on. But they have to know that they have to sustain that for more than two periods. It’s got to be the entire game.

This is the Stanley Cup Final, and they’ve got to show in crunch time and in clutch situations that they really want it. I think if we see that, the Rangers will be OK in Game 2.

What the Rangers have to realize is that the Kings want to be better in Game 2. The Rangers have to be better in Game 2.

Photo (top) by Getty Images.

Sam Rosen photo by Rebecca Taylor/MSG Photos.


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  1. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My birthday is end of September…today is Giacomin’s birthday…

    Happy birthday Eddie G.

  2. Don’t know if there was a Chat or not. My screen says “unavailable, check back soon.”

  3. Hi, can anyone tell me if we’ve retaken the momentum that LAK carried out of game 1 or do they still have it?


  4. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    MrD – big mo is on our side:

    Game 2

    Rangers 5
    Kings 0

    GWG Brassard

  5. Doodie Machetto on

    Given the Canes’ lack of success, I don’t think rutherford is the face tha analytics community wants.

  6. _Given the Canes’ lack of success, I don’t think rutherford is the face tha analytics community wants._

    He was able to get Rick Nash numbers for less than Rick Nash money and without trading a Rick Nash package. Something went right, eh?

  7. Watching classic series on nhl network before going to work and I actually think the officiating was pretty good and gutsy during the ’94 series.

  8. Anthony!!!!!

    Can you, guys, close your eyes for a second and imagine Torts coaching Crosby, Malkin, MAF and Co. ?

  9. I’m gonna give Step a mulligan for his awful Game 1 TO
    It must be hard for him to maintain his energy level when all he can is is liver and favs beans. Slurp slurp slurp, Clarice

  10. Robby Bonfire on

    Eddie (Redundant) (Redundant)

    There is a friendly little proposition for you back at the “AV Annoyed” column.

  11. The talent level at Bryant Park Grille at a Warm summer evening Happy Hour will make you question your life choices and make your peepee hurt

  12. “I wonder what would happen if we did to their two whining stars over there!?”

    “Gutless and dirty”

  13. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    The Kings want everyone to know they did not play their A game?
    The good news is that The Rangers had many great players not play well.
    I was not impressed at all by LA. I like the Rangers to win tomorrow and win the series.

  14. ThisYearsModel on

    So CARP- any idea how one resigns leaving a tire fire behind in Carolina, only to be hired by Bettman’s chosen franchise? Is Rutherford a puppet GM with Mario pulling the strings?

  15. Missed the Charp, haven’t read it so I don’t know if this was addressed or not. But.

    Where in the holy hell is Manny? Day two? Did he get a life and not tell anyone ? What’s up with that?

    He’s lucky it’s not game day.

  16. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, looking at that picture, who would you say was the worst? Probably Robitaille, right? I mean, Gretzky’s twilight was still 62 points and he topped 90 twice in the other two seasons. Dionne wasn’t himself, but was still nearly a point per game player for the time he was here.

    Besides, Zubov and Nedved>Carpenter and Laidlaw.

    Even with Ulfie coming back the other way, we never recovered from losing Zubov and we missed out on some of the best years of Nedved’s career.

  17. On one hand im kind of annoyed by the Rangers beach photos.. this isnt vacation (with guys like Stralman having his whole family out there (unless he was randomly pushing someone elses stroller)). On the other hand, i totally get it.

  18. So Rutherford is replacing the guy that stole Jussi Jokinen from him, dumped Jordan Staal on him, and… im sure there was more. Makes sense.

  19. I for one would love Pierre McGuire as gm when sather retires and Jeff Gorton gets hired elsewhere.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Eric, Pierre would make a lousy GM. He loves every player. He would never be able to construct a roster because he would want to have every single player.

  21. Manny was seen in Tampa outside lightning facility looking to find a way convince Stevie y to trade stamkos to us and resign Callahan so we could get our 2nd round pick back.

    His vacation was all BS

  22. Doodie Machetto on

    My only two posts in that thread were “Le Woof” and “Fire Sather.”

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not saying he doesn’t know things. He knows too much, though. He praises every single player. I can’t picture him making a solid decision at the draft because he’s so in love with every prospect.

  24. If we win cup I will move to island and never return. Just like cast away. I won’t need anything else.

  25. Doodie, you can never go wrong with a fire Sather post.

    Just posted it as a point if reference to how far this team has come at least in my own eyes.

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    My jinx is the only reason they are in the Final, so you’re welcome.

  27. thanks Rob
    i’m back and forth on the team hitting the beach.
    better than sitting in their rooms downing beers.
    as long as they show up for Game 2 playing the whole game more like the
    1st 15 minutes of Game 1
    then it’s alright

  28. Beach is great for them. Adds to the bond. There’s not much else they can be doing at this point…they are desperate for the puck to drop again even worse than of any us.

    I’d so much rather them out there instead of inside the hotel 24/7 staring at the walls…playing nintendo…letting bad stuff fester in their minds. I really hope they don’t have that sick feeling in their stomach the way I do…it’s nearly paralyzing.

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Robbie – before I’d place any wager on anything. You must first post on the blog the following:

    “Given a population consisting of 4 data points: 24, 7, 15, and 20 the mean is 16 and the standard deviation is 6 and change. I, Robbie, admit I was seriously delusional when I challenged the great E3’s brilliant analysis regarding this problem which, in all honesty, could have been evaluated by a smart 4th grader. Moreover, even though I still do not understand what a Standard Deviation means or represents, I’ll do my best to read up on it and hopefully learn something new.



  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m 173 miles north of Santa Monica and the wind is pretty stiff today on the beach…

  31. I think that Booby nailed it earlier.

    ” I come for the jokes but I stay for the math”

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