Could it be possible that the 20 year anniversary bring a repeat. Let me tell you we were hopeful.
After the Pens I was confident we could go all the way. Montreal and even the Kings had nothing we couldn’t
Deal with. It was our destiny.
Secrectly I was pining for a Hawks/Rangers final. Somebody tell me when was the last original 6 final? Quick – Anyone?
1979 Rangers vs Montreal. I was there at Game 1 at the Forum. No doubt this would be our year.
Well we know how it ended. But I cannot be disappointed when you get this far, all small things make the difference.
I can tell you that the reasons we lost was because Dan Girardi made a howler in Game 1 OT!
That was the difference. All would have followed. We were the better team, despite many saying otherwise.
Rangers led most of the time against the Kings. They lost in 3 OTs.
I am not blaming Dan Girardi who was an absolute stud on D. but in 2nd OT he was pooped and I just observed that phenomen and no sooner the puck was in the back of Lundquists net.
We can talk about Nash not scoring and and lack of physical toughness. Rangers win game 1 in LA and there would have been a different outcome.
I give Rangers a ton of credit for this playoff run. We did not expect it. Next year will be harder, expectations will be up there with the impossible to please NY crowd.
We need to fix one or two things:
1) Rangers need a true no 1 center. They were without one since Michael Nylander and even he looked good
Because The Jaromir was such a stud, then. So going back even further 1994 Messier? Can’t win without
A stud center. Could we get Thornton, Getzlaf, Kopitar, Toews? Probably not. So draft only….but we have no ace up the sleeve
2) Keep the D together! Stralman was a stud as were McDonagh, Staal and Girardi. Klein is solid but we need more
Goals from the blue line!!!!!!! Gonchar, Zidlicky or similar would do us a world of good on PP.
3) Keep Boyle, Zucc, Dom Moore, Haglin, Dorsett but I would shop Stepan, and possibly resign Callahan.
Lets go Rangers Looking forward to 2015