Sam Rosen’s Stanley Cup Final diary: Showing some character


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

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.

Photo above by Getty Images.

Photo of Sam Rosen by Rebecca Taylor/MSG Photos.


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  1. Carp, you can’t stop the *Metal* with a new post.

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    You’re about to attend a Black Mass. Allow yourself to be slayed.

  2. It’s been a special season for sure!

    Still IN IT – TO WIN IT!!!

    Keep the FAITH!

  3. Doughty calling tonight must win for kings. Get me back to another msg night. If this dream gets to 7 I’m boarding plane to LA.

  4. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    @AGrossRecord Refs tonight: Steve Kozari (#40) and Brad Watson (#23). Linesmen: Scott Driscoll (#68) and Shane Heyer (#55).

  5. Rob in Beantown on

    “There has to be a general manager out there in the league who sees the inherent value these players bring to whichever teams they play for, and that they might be had for a bargain. ”

    That’s where the article loses me. Every general manager is watching this series and sees them, so that means there is no bargain anymore. Also, what about Sather? Doesn’t that imply that he doesn’t see their worth?

  6. Drew Doughty trying to sound like the Rangers in the ECF. Copying the team he wants to beat. ha haa

  7. LOL…I didn’t think it was possible that there was anything worse officiating than NHL refs until I started watching the World Cup yesterday…

  8. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Excuse me, could you please tell me how to get back on the express way?

  9. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    It’s really unbelievable the horrific officiating. I think it’s REALLY hard for them to tell what’s actually happening. And these calls are completely game changing.

  10. Will somebody shoutey at Doughty to not be so pouty. If he’s gona get routy then he should step outy. Sorry I just can’t stand this guy. makes my blood boil for some reason. Maybe it’s that sorry attempt at a beard.

  11. Jonathan QUICK would have lept into the air, caught it, and punted it down the pitch to Kopitar for a spinning goal.

  12. One win and we could start to dream. This was the one scenario I feared 3-1 down heading there.

  13. Gravy

    We’re still going to look back at this conversation and laugh about how we were talking about offseason moves when the Rangers win the Cup.

    May 9th, 2014 at 2:01 PM

  14. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    We won’t win tonight, eric. Don’t even consider it a possibility.

  15. As expected, I have a few fluttering butterflies thinking about tonight’s game. Down 3-0, I had virtually no vomit, but each game they win will make the next game more and more difficult.

  16. Someone asked me right now lose in 5 or win tonight give me another game lose in 6. Lose in 5 and end it.

    Please under no circumstances win tonight lose Monday.

  17. We have to fly back to NY no matter what happens. Make them follow us on the next plane and you will start to see some sweating.

  18. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Please under no circumstances win tonight lose -Monday- at all

  19. I agree coos. Daunting task ahead tonight. I do believe if win tonight it will go 7.

  20. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    In all fairness if you lose a must-win game …your team is in trouble ( lost confidence, other team is in a great position , ect ect) you are not eliminated . Only in a DO OR DIE situation you are out if you lose. For the Kings , this is a MUST win game because …Rangers will have won 2 in a row and are heading back to NY ! Then with that game going to the home team , The LAK’s are facing an unbeaten game 7 foe ( as themselves are too)with the best road team in hockey who are on a streak that will ultimately win them the Stanley Cup. Dreams do come true.

  21. Human nature. No one wants to be the one who makes the big mistake at home in the third period of a must-win game, thus our hapless offensive late performance Wednesday. Doubt we’ll see that tonight.

    Boyler should be at center to gorilla some of those faceoffs.

  22. At the end of regulation in Game 2, the Rangers had 4 real goals and the Kings had 3 real goals.

  23. Hey, Stallie – forget the poke checks in front, move the man, give Henrik a chance to see the puck.

  24. In Bettmans world, Spanish keeper woulda gotten 10 games suspension for touching the ref there…

  25. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    LOL, CCCP. Watching Spain get kicked in the onions is awesome.

  26. Rob in Beantown on

    Strombone @strombone1
    I don’t like to make fun of other goalies. I really feel terrible for CA5ILLA5…….

  27. I forget, was it Renney or Torts who commented about Drury’s “clutch dump in”?

  28. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Pierre – “I want to sit next to Hank on the flight back to NY, he’s really pretty”

  29. Remember we’re back in the building where every King shot counts double-with every sixth one negating one of ours. Predictions on shot totals after one, anyone? I say Kings 22 Rangers 4. (I just changed 3 to 4- after further review). Oh yeah, Rangers will be made to put their sticks down first on faceoffs tonite.

  30. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    JR – “Pierre is a giant in the game and highly respected. He’s immoral”

  31. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    JR – “getting pucks through the back of the is vital in order to win”

  32. Nasher: “We have to put pucks in the back of the net.”
    Just get them over the goal line, you big dooofus!

  33. Wife kicked me out to my dad’s house tonight few blocks away. Told me she can’t have me scream at tv.

  34. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Eric – you tell the wife this ain’t play time. This is real


    In the words of immoral icon Pierre McGuire: “go out there and have fun NYR! “

  36. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    JR – “it’s pretty simple. Win the game and don’t lose or tie”

  37. TV’s have feelings, too. You just can’t tell anymore because they don’t have drooping aerials.

  38. Alright, ‘heads. DVR for me. Residents graduation party. *DON’T EVEN THINK* about texting, emailing etc. with updates!

  39. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    JR – “if the rangers can jump out to an early lead and keep scoring, they could win”

  40. Pierre to Torts: “It’s just been announced that you’ve been sacked again.”

    “Goddamn right.”

    “Well, go out there and have some fun somewhere.”

  41. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Ilb talking about going to a party and here I am trying to keep my roof over my head

  42. Anson: “Coach, yabba dabba zoom marbles gloooomph?”

    Sutter: “gabba dabba schlimp scrid blurp.”

    Anson: “Thanks, coach.”

  43. London Broil on

    Eric, i hope you told your wife to kiss your ass… how can she expect you to change whats been working for the whole playoffs???

  44. like the word ransack? Got it from “The Life an Times of Attila the Hun.” Great book.

  45. Looks like we did one helluva job training that million man Iraqi Army that took the first opportunity to toss their weapons and run for the hills.

  46. Fire extinguishers on ilb yacht filled with ’57 Dom Perignon, as per eddie3times. :)

  47. Don’t have a real address, Seee, but if you drive down Broadfield Road I’ll stand outside my pothole. Bring NY Times to spread on seat, I’m a little wet.

  48. God didn’t make the US Open to be played that way. I used to like it when 2 over was the winner.

  49. Wide fairways, phony rough, IMO. I want these guys to play a few rounds like we do. Lost scuffed Top Flites in fairways, changing shoes in the parking lot, greens -15 on the stimpmeter, missing a pitching wedge and a seven iron from the bag that your nephew never returned, one wet glove, and left home without breakfast after arguing with the wife.

  50. And a fivesome in front of you, all with 30 handicaps who line up every putt like they were on the fourth at Augusta.

  51. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Check me if I’m wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers, they’re gonna lock me up and throw away the key…

  52. Lmao.
    When a guy asks me what ball I’m playing, I usually answer, “RANGE”

  53. Diarrhea Dan in woods to partner:
    ‘You got and toilet paper in your bag?”
    ‘You got a towel?’
    ‘You got ten ones for a fifty?’

  54. I heard that 100 courses around the country are going to 9″ holes to speed up play. Won’t help the folks your talking about.
    As I said before, I might suck at golf but I suck at it, hastily.

  55. Scott Driscoll assigned tonight. Good guess Carcillo doesn’t have to bother lacing the skates.

  56. See, some courses are considering expanding the hole diameter to the size of a watermelon to speed up green play.

  57. I’ve played with guys who shot 110 and they held no one up. Just need to keep banging it and move along with courtesy.

  58. ilb,
    spoiler alert!
    Rangers go to the next round – awaiting for the winner of Brazil – Netherland series.

  59. Friend told me that at a Union outing at Westchester Country Club some years back, the Union President was on the first tee, surrounded by dozens of underlings. He missed the teed ball twice, whiffed, and from the middle of the crowd of onlookers, someone hollered out: “Tough course, eh?”

  60. Had a club pro tell me the problem with my swing was I was standing too close to the ball…..after I hit it.

  61. Eric, what’s been working is you getting hammered pre game! I hope you’re doing your part.

  62. Don’t worry have the ketel one bottle with me. Walking to dad’s house. Just hope not a long walk around 11:00

  63. Jeff in South Dakota on

    When I play, I play fast; don’t even get out of the cart just swing the club as a drive along…I call it polo golf.

  64. I will make you all a promise as the biggest negative nancy on here(maybe pimp).

    If we win tonight we will win the cup. I just don’t know if we could survive tonight.

  65. Eric, if we can keep the turnovers down, I don’t see why we can’t send you to The Puck for a pregame party on Monday!

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers 5
    Kings 0

    GWG Brassard

    *And we are heading Back to MSG for Game 6*

  67. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Got kicked out of the Masons though. Was too much Knights Templar, not enough brick laying.

  68. Namath: “Can’t wait for tomorrow because I get better looking every day.” Man, did he lose that bet!

  69. Alright heading out. Dad has internet from stone age. Blog during breaks and periods

  70. Good kings interview- they seem determined. Not sure why anyone thinks that there’s anything about the Ramgers that’s” in their heads”. They’re a great team that we finally beat and they’re coming back for more just like we are. The only difference is – F THEM!!! LGR Baby! Mi Raza!


    Wouldn’t it be great if the entire Kings team was Jewish and refused to play on shabbat? We’d get the win by default!

  72. Is Fishler a Bonehead here under an alias? He want’s Carcillo to replace Richards. Sounds very Boneheadie

  73. That was a great Giannone piece. The Kings and doughty arecsaying exactly the right things

  74. I honestly don’t remember the last time I was this nervous for a Rangers game.

    AV is calm or not confident or Che?

  75. Had an ex-girlfriend who was a hooker, but I adjusted her grip for her and she became a slicer.

  76. Come on – none of you still say “Noonan” to friends trying to concentrate?

  77. Will we be able to compete harder than we have all season, at least for the first ten minutes of this game?

  78. Stranger Nation on

    I saw my paper boy in the US Open and my shoe shine guy in the World Cup

  79. Stranger Nation on

    These soccer players get very little completion results, must lead to all the whining

  80. Za'rat (TheOtherGuysGreed) Jones on


    We will win the cup!

    I promise!

    The boys look exceptionally sexy tonight! I’m aroused!

    It all spells WIN

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