Sam Rosen’s diary: Rangers comeback starts with Henrik Lundqvist

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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.

By Sam Rosensam rosen photo

I’m a disciple of Yogi Berra. “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Thank God for Yogi. And you know what’s really changed my thinking in recent years? Ever since the Red Sox came from 0-3 behind in 2004 in the American League Championship Series and did it to the Yankees, I’ve started to think that this can be done.

I used to think it was impossible, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and 1975 Islanders notwithstanding. Now we’ve seen it happen with the Red Sox, we’ve seen it happen this year with the L.A. Kings against the San Jose Sharks. So it’s not impossible. It’s improbable, but not impossible.

For the Rangers I think there is something that has to come into play in Game 4, and that is: pride. They have to have the pride to dig down and not let the Kings take them out in four straight. They’ve got to protect their house. They’ve got to win at home, give something for their fans to latch onto, show the fans that they’re not a four-straight out, they’re going to find a way to win and keep the hope alive and keep this series going.

They may not win, and in all likelihood they won’t, but they’ve got to give their fans something to hook onto.

And it starts with Hank. Henrik Lundqvist is the key. He’s got to come out with a determination that nothing is going to get by him. What I really liked was seeing him out on the ice (Tuesday) working on deflections. An optional practice, all the players were dejected, and he was out there working on his game.

That was a great sign. He is a leader of this team, he’s a man they count on and he needs to come out with a great effort. He did it in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Down three games to one, in Pittsburgh, he came out with a terrific effort – the entire team came out with a terrific effort – and kept that series alive and went on to come back and win that series. I think that’s something the Rangers can latch onto. That’s something recent, to give them the belief that they’re good enough to do this.

Are the L.A. Kings tough? Yes. Are they unbeatable? No. They lost three in a row in the opening-round series to the Sharks. They lost three in a row to the Anaheim Ducks in the middle of the second-round series, and they lost two straight to Chicago and almost three straight.

They’re a very good team, they’re big, they’re strong, they’re confident, but the Rangers have shown they can play with them, play at that level. They could have won both games in L.A., probably should have won Game 2, but they didn’t. Now they’ve got to find a way to win and it starts with Lundqvist, but it carries to the rest of the team.

Above all, give those fans some hope and belief early on, get them behind the team and go from there.

Photo above, by Getty Images.

Photo of Sam Rosen by Rebecca Taylor/MSG photos.

 

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  1. Q: What would be worse than getting swept out of the Cup final(s)?

    A: Having the wheels set in motion for a Jason Spezza trade that same day.

  2. Dear Diary, Today Joe M told me that I looked good. I think he was exaggerating to make me feel better about myself. Why do I feel that way, diary? Am I making myself feel that way or is it normal? I wish you were a person, diary. I miss you when we’re apart.

    xo,

    Sam R

  3. Dear Diary, Dear Diary…
    ‘My feet are too long,
    My hair’s falling out
    and my rights are all wrong
    Micheletti keeps sayin’ that my thighs are too thin,
    Won’t you write me a letter, Won’t you give me a spin?’
    Signed Bewildered

  4. Sam: “They may not win, and in all likelihood they won’t, but they’ve got to give their fans something to hook onto.”

    And in all likelihood, they won’t?

    Sam’s nodding. Wake up!

  5. Step dad Dorset brothers at puck
    Who’s next Nash
    Mother if so I boo
    The crap
    Out of her.

  6. If we lose tonight I will
    Need to start
    My life again. 58 days of a ride unexpected.

  7. How can you have all those big shiny teeth after playing hockey for 25 years? Someone’s not going into the corners.

  8. @renlavoietva 20m

    So no expansion on video review and no coaches challenge next season. Status quo. #nhl #tvasports

  9. @WhalerWatch Those probably should not be seen… RT @Ledger_NJDevils: A delivery to Kings’ dressing room in MSG. Champagne. pic.twitter.com/PA1rtsFzxA

    Pin this up in the dressing room boys!

  10. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Rangers in 7
    Not the way Carp and I thought they would win in 7, but still Rangers in 7

  11. Dear Diary,

    I know it’s wrong to say, but I wish my good friend, JD, would get fired by Columbus. I also wish my partner Joe Michelletti would offer JD his job and things can go back to the way they were.

    – Samuel Rosenblum

  12. Good evening all!….truly, I don’t know what to say. But I will believe until the very last horn sounds. No matter what, I am proud to be a Rangers fan. I don’t think the current game tally really reflects what a series this has been and how hard we’ve fought. Mother hartneller.

    That said, LGR!!!!!!!!

  13. Dorset brother pissing off bartenders.

    He just told me Derek not a big fan
    Of AV and wants return to Canada close to home Edmonton or Calgary,

    Hilarious.

  14. I think AV appreciates Dorsett, but sure doesn’t show it. He has a year left here.

  15. If they keep Carcillo, Dors and his 2 mil per could possibly be trade bait in a package of some kind.

  16. If #15 leaves, I for one will miss him. He has been part of a 4th line that made a lot go.

  17. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jeff Carter and mike Richards looking for an 8 ball down in the village.

  18. Here’s the skinny. Quick has just been that much better than Henrik. I mean this with respect but if we swapped goalies it would probably be 2-1 or 1-2 at this point of the series. Quick has stood on his freeken head. The wild card has been the defense being jumped on by bigger faster King players, not allowing our speed up ice. Our defense has to play the same way they did the during 6th game of the Habs series. Lack of top notch performances by Richards, Nash, Kreider & Stepon hasn’t helped either. Speed in all zones, aggressive checking & smart simply plays. Who knows, maybe we could pull this out. Subconciously LA would rather win at home. In the end, even though we should be proud because we never figured we’d go this far, it still hurts. It’s not too often a team gets this far.

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