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.
It’s simple mathematics. One is not enough.
The Rangers did a great job, staying alive, winning on home ice, and pleasing the home crowd, but it was only one win. And they deserve full credit for digging down deep, showing some character — the character they’ve shown all season long — led by Henrik Lundqvist once again.
I mean, this guy in pressure situations plays his best. Five elimination games in this year’s playoffs, and in each game he’s allowed only one goal and won them all. You can’t ask for anything better.
He has firmly established himself as maybe the Rangers’ best goaltender of all time, with all due respect to Eddie Giacomin and Mike Richter. This guy has shown he can do it under the most difficult circumstances.
The Kings threw everything at him. Once they got that goal by Dustin Brown in the second period, you felt the tidal wave starting to build and the surge coming. And it continued for the rest of the second period, right through the third period — and Hank would not let anything get across the goal line.
Yes, he got a little help (chuckle) in the third period, with the puck stopping on the goal line after going past him, but he certainly got a piece of that, a deflection. It never got across the line. A little help from Derek Stepan really came in handy, but once again it was Henrik Lundqvist coming through with a marvelous performance when the Rangers needed it the most.
That said, it’s only one win and they can’t say it’s good enough. It’s one win and they have to find a way to win another game in Los Angeles, a win that would totally change this series. If the Rangers play the way they did in Game 2 of this series, they can do this. They can beat the L.A. Kings.
The Kings have gone home, certainly anticipating that they will win the Stanley Cup on home ice at Staples Center, in front of their fans, and I’m sure that family and friends are thinking about parties and celebrations. And the Rangers have to take that away from them early — once again come out fast, score early, gain control of the game — and have Henrik Lundqvist play another stellar, stellar game in goal.
It’s been great to see many of the players from the 1994 team here, and for players like Henrik Lundqvist and Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards, the veteran players fully appreciate what those guys accomplished and what it takes to win, and especially what it takes to win in New York.
I think it means a lot to see Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Mike Richter, so many of the heart-and-soul guys — to see players who have accomplished something that no other Ranger has done in our lifetime, I think means a lot to the Rangers in the room and the understanding that these guys did something special. And this Rangers team has had a chance to perform in a Stanley Cup Final and still, hopefully, has a chance to do something special.
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