The Best Sam Rosen Moments

Beloved by Ranger fans, Sam Rosen has been behind the mic for some of the Blueshirts’ most memorable moments in his 30 years as play-by-play announcer. Check out a list of some of his greatest calls and see which was named as the best moment of his career on This One Will Last a Lifetime: 30 Years of Sam Rosen presented by Mercedes-Benz.

  • Oct. 11, 1984:
    Sam’s first telecast with Phil Esposito was a 4-4 Rangers tie against the Hartford Whalers.
  • April 23, 1986:
    Bob Brooke scores his second goal of the game in overtime to give the Rangers a 6-5 victory over the Capitals in the Patrick Division Final.
  • Oct. 13, 1993:
    The Blueshirts score six times on the power play to beat the Nordiques, 6-4, at The Garden. BOX SCORE
  • March 23, 1994:
    Adam Graves becomes the second Ranger in franchise history to score 50 goals in a season, tallying twice against Edmonton in a 5-3 win. BOX SCORE
  • June 7, 1994:
    Mike Richter stops Pavel Bure’s penalty shot in Game 4 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final. SAM AND JD’S CALL
  • June 14, 1994:
    Mark Messier scores the deciding goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final. BOX SCORE | SAM’S CALL
  • June 17, 1994:
    Sam and JD are escorted to the Rangers’ ticker-tape parade by New York’s Finest.
  • April 23, 1996:
    Mike Richter makes a triple save against Montreal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarters. BOX SCORE
  • April 24, 1997:
    Wayne Gretzky records a natural hat trick in the second period against the Panthers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. BOX SCORE
  • Jan. 18, 2001:
    Mike Richter breaks Eddie Giacomin’s franchise record for all-time wins in the Rangers’ 2-1 overtime win over the Maple Leafs at The Garden. SAM AND JD’S CALL
  • Jan. 12, 2006:
    Mark Messier acknowledges Sam for his contribution to the former Rangers captain career on Mark Messier Night at The Garden.
  • Oct. 5, 2006:
    Sam calls his first game with Joe Micheletti, a 5-2 win against the Capitals.  BOX SCORE
  • April 25, 2013:
    Ryan Callahan scores an OT goal to send the Rangers to the playoffs.  SAM’S CALL
  • Dec. 12, 2013:
    John Davidson surprises Sam with the announcement of a special on MSG commemorating 30 years as the Rangers’ play-by-play announcer.
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Patient Rangers Edge Islanders; Sweep Stadium Series

In front of more than 50,000 hockey fans at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night, the Rangers became the first NHL team to win three regular season outdoor games. A third period goal by Dan Carcillo proved to be the difference between the two New York clubs, as the Blueshirts gained a 2-1 win over the rival Islanders in temps that flirted with 20 degrees.

While the Islanders ran a full practice on the Yankee Stadium ice Tuesday, the Rangers retreated to their indoor MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, NY to prepare for the matchup.

The Rangers then took to the outdoors for the second game in four days. Only this time, the game went off without a hitch, as there would be no glare delay with the game being played under the stars at 7:45 PM.

Before the National Anthem and opening faceoff, CeeLo Green warmed up the crowd from the centerfield stage with some of his hits, followed by a rally call for both Isles and Ranger fans. Then came the puck drop, which garnered as much excitement as Sunday’s matchup between the Rangers and Devils.

The game started somewhat conservatively and it stayed that way throughout the first period. The Isles were careful not to allow the Blueshirts to break out on any odd-man rushes, which sparked the Rangers dominant second period against the Devils on Sunday.

The Rangers successfully killed off the first penalty of the game, which was an early Brad Richards hooking penalty, called only 3:24 into the opening period.

The best chance of the first period, however, came with just under four minutes remaining in the period when Rick Nash, who had goals in five straight games entering play, rushed into the Islanders zone on a one-on-one with Isles defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, and then pulled off a spin-o-rama that Evgeni Nabokov turned aside, yet it drew the fans from their frigid seats.

“You never really know about playing outdoors until you’re out there and see that great atmosphere,” said Nabokov of the Yankee Stadium ambiance. “I loved every second of it.”

At 17:57, Mats Zuccarello was called for interference in the offensive zone, however, the Islanders were unable to convert with the extra-man and finished the first period 0-for-2 on the power play … though still even on the scoreboard at 0-0.

The first half of the second stanza was more of the same as the teams played sound defensive hockey.

Then, at 10:11 of the second, Kyle Okposo was called for hooking, but Nash was called for diving, and was sent to the penalty box as well, leaving the two teams playing four aside.

Despite a dominating shift by Isles captain John Tavares in the open ice, possessing the puck in the Rangers zone for well over a minute straight, the Islanders were unable to finish.

At 12:59, the Rangers took their second offensive zone penalty of the night as Daniel Carcillo was called for roughing. For the third time, the Rangers managed to kill it off, allowing the Islanders only perimeter puck possession in the Rangers zone.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano commented on the poor power play effort saying, “Yeah, we talked about special teams being an integral part of this game. And you know, we had them early, and we didn’t capitalize on our chances.”

While the game had a C.C. Sabathia versus Matt Harvey feel, with both teams being shutout through 38 minutes and 33 seconds, the two clubs would score 40 seconds apart to close out the second period.

At 18:33, Brock Nelson would deposit a cross-ice pass made by a falling Cal Clutterbuck through Henrik Lundqvist’s pads to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead. Seconds later, at 19:13, Benoit Pouliot fired home a puck coming off the stick of Derick Brassard and evened the score at one apiece.

Brassard told former Islander and Ranger, Kevin Weekes, in the second period walk-off interview that, “We are just trying to get pucks deep and in-front of us,” alluding to the less-than-perfect outdoor ice.

Twenty-three seconds into the third period, Thomas Vanek hooked Nash, eliminating a solid scoring chance for the hottest Ranger, however, Vanek headed to the box. The Isles killed the penalty successfully by playing aggressively attacking the Ranger players allowing them no time.

At 4:36 into the third, the Islanders finally allowed an odd-man rush, and the Rangers made them pay. The Rangers entered the Islanders’ zone with a four-on-two break, and then the puck found a trailing Daniel Carcillo, who fired home a loose puck in the slot to give the Rangers their first lead of the night.

“Sometimes you get lucky,” said Carcillo of his game-winner. “It bounces on your stick and you have an open net.”

Despite the Isles pressuring the Rangers late in the third, the Blueshirts held on, and now have wins over the Flyers in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, and two in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium.

For Carcillo, the goal marked the first game-winning goal as a Ranger, in his 11th game with the club.

Coach Alain Vigneault commented on Carcillo’s game, “He brings energy like we expected him to bring. He brings bite to that (fourth) line.”

The win has elevated the Rangers to second in the Metropolitan Division with 61 points, and now own an inside track to make the playoffs with less than 30 games to go in the season.

Meanwhile, the success in the outdoor games at Yankee Stadium could not have been any greater.

“It was simply an incredible two games at Yankee Stadium,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “I know they (fans) had a good time; nobody braves the elements like hockey fans. It was great to see. It was gratifying, and we’re thrilled at the response that Yankee Stadium and the New York metropolitan area gave all three teams.”

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Slow Out Of The Gate, Rangers Dominate Devils In The Bronx

 

Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the Rangers bent, didn’t break, and then bounced back in an epic way, scoring six straight goals to defeat the Devils, 7-3 in front of 50,105 raucous fans.

Ever since the Devils franchise moved to New Jersey from Colorado, battles between the Devils and the Rangers had the feel of a “Cold War.” Sunday, the rivalry between the Metropolitan Area foes literally went glacial as the two teams took the ice to a balmy announced 24.9°F.

Several players on each team had the opportunity to play outside in a Winter Classic previously, including Jaromir Jagr two years ago in Philadelphia. However, none played in a stadium with such nostalgia as this one.

“I need GPS,” Jagr said, in awe of the size of the Devils’ dressing room when he walked in for the first time on Saturday.

After a brief delay due to extreme sun glare, the two clubs took the ice close to 1 p.m. for a 1:38 p.m. start.

“It’s the same for both teams, so you’ve got to be professional about it,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Then once you find out what time the game starts, you go through your normal preparation. That’s what our guys did.”

The Devils got on the right field scoreboard first, when at 5:36 into the opening period, Patrik Elias took an outlet pass from Ryan Clowe, which allowed him to break in alone on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Instead of making a move on the uncertain elements of the outdoor rink, Elias shot from 20-feet out and scored.

“Yeah, it was a tough start to the game,” Lundqvist said. “I think my preparation was not perfect. It changed a couple times. I was asleep when they told me it was a warm-up in 30 minutes. So I felt like I was not really in the right place mentally in the first period. I was fighting it a little bit.”

Less than four minutes later, at 9:07 of the first, Rangers fans were given reason to celebrate as Dominic Moore deposited a rebound off Anton Stralman’s shot from the right point past Martin Brodeur to even the score at 1-1.

The tie wouldn’t last long as Rangers winger Derek Brassard took a tripping penalty at 10:38 and the Devils took advantage, when Elias scored his second of the game from Jagr and Marek Zidlicky at the 11-minute mark.

Moments later, Travis Zajac made the score 3-1, depositing a Jagr feed past Lundqvist at 16:06, and it appeared as if the Devils had opened a comfortable lead. But the Rangers had a different idea and only 52 seconds later, defenseman Marc Staal scored to tighten the contest before each team headed to the warm dressing rooms.

After intermission, which featured the band Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, the Rangers came out flying and evened the game, only 2:48 into the second, on a two-on-one, when Mats Zuccarello fired home a John Moore pass, knotting the game at three.

Then the snow began to fall and the pace of the game slowed  — until Zuccarello and Brassard broke free on yet another two-on-one. Brassard fed Zuccarello, who put the puck past Brodeur at 12:44 of the second to give the Rangers their first lead of the game, and what would eventually turn out to be the game-winning goal.

Zuccarello, who had a brilliant game scoring two goals, later reflected on the day.

“You had the first period you had the sun, second some snow, and the third was pretty cold. But it’s a fun experience and something you’re really proud of being a part of too.”

Only 1:09 after Zuccarello had given the Bluehsirts the lead, Carl Hagelin swung a point-shot toward the net, with Brad Richards screening Brodeur. The puck careened off Zidlicky and found its way past the beleaguered Brodeur, to give the Rangers a two-goal lead.

Brodeur would later say: “It was the worst ice I’ve ever played hockey on.”

The Rangers did not quit there, as they continued to take the game to the Devils until the end of the period. With less than a minute to play in the second, Stralman stepped up and delivered an open-ice hit on Devils defenseman Andy Greene, springing the Rangers on a three-on-two break, resulting in a Rick Nash goal with 28.5 left to make it 6-3 heading into the clubhouse after two periods.

The third period began with Brodeur, who gave up six goals on 21 shots, on the bench and Cory Schneider in the crease.

“We didn’t help him (Brodeur) out much,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. “At that point, I had a conversation with him and we both agreed. It was actually his comment, that how about give Schneids the experience of a period in this environment.”

Schneider kept the rolling Rangers off the board until just past the mid-way point of the third period when Derek Stepan was hooked by Zajac, setting up a penalty shot for Stepan, 10:06 into the final period. Stepan riffled a wrister past Schneider’s blocker to give the Rangers a 7-3 football-score lead in a baseball ballpark.

“That was pretty nerve-racking,” Stepan said. “I just tried to bring the butterflies down a little bit but it was cool.”

“I had one thing in my head and I wasn’t taking anything out of my head,” Stepan enlightened media members after the game regarding his simple, no-stickhandle gameplan, which helped him light the lamp and become the first NHL player to score a penalty shot goal in an outdoor game.

The Rangers set a regular season outdoor NHL game record with seven goals, besting the previous mark of six established by the Red Wings in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

With the 7-3 win came an all-important two points, and now the Rangers have to prepare to face the Islanders Wednesday, becoming the first NHL team to play back-to-back outdoor games.

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Stanley Cup Final Against Canucks

As the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers advanced to play in their first Stanley Cup Final since 1979. Their opponent, the Vancouver Canucks, were on a Cinderella run as the 7th seed from the Western Conference.

After advancing past the Devils — the team with the second most points during the regular season — many experts felt the Rangers were on their way to claiming the title. But, despite the Blueshirts having 27 more points than Vancouver during the regular season, the series turned out to be one of the best Finals ever.

The Canucks would take Game 1 in OT behind a 52-save effort from Kirk McLean. The Blueshirts would bounce back in a big way and win the next three to setup a potential Cup win at The Garden for Game 5. However, the Canucks stayed alive with a road win, then also took Game 6 in Vancouver to force a deciding Game 7 at The Garden.

Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final was one for the ages, as the Rangers gutted out a thrilling 3-2 win to capture their first Stanley Cup in 54 years.

Editor’s Note: On this date, June 14, back in 1994, the Rangers ended a 40-year championship drought by capturing the Stanley Cup. Look back at the nerve-wracking moments during Game 7 of the Final, and the emotions felt by the Rangers and their fans when they won the Cup at The Garden.

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Eastern Conference Final Against Devils

After years of struggles against Patrick Division foes in the old division-based playoff format, the Rangers, ironically in the first year of the new conference-based playoff format, would need to beat three long-time division rivals to make it to the Stanley Cup Final.

But the Blueshirts did just that, in arguably the greatest non-Cup Final playoff series in NHL history which saw three games decided in double-OT, including Game 7 at The Garden.

And, of course, two of the most iconic tilts in Rangers history were part of the amazing series.

With the Rangers down 3-2 in the series, Mark Messier made the bold prediction that the Rangers would win Game 6. And after the Captain talked the talk, he walked the walk, scoring a natural hat trick to force Game 7 at The Garden.

In the deciding game, the Devils scored with just seven seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime. Then it took a little over 24 minutes of action before Stephane Matteau jumped on the ice and cemented himself into Rangers’ lore forever by sending the Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup Final.

Everyone knows the famous “MATTEAU, MATTEAU, MATTEAU!!!” call of the goal, but that was actually from the voice of Howie Rose on the radio broadcast. Do you remember how Sam Rosen called the historic goal on MSG Netwok’s telecast?

Well, watch the video below to re-live how it all went down on MSG with Rosen on the play-by-play.

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Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Against Islanders

With a new conference-based playoff format for 1994, the Presidents’ Trophy-winning and No. 1-seeded Rangers began their quest for The Cup against the rival Islanders.

The 8th-seeded Isles proved to be no match for the powerhouse Blueshirts, who breezed through the series in four straight games, outscoring the Islanders 22-3, including a pair of 6-0 shutouts in Games 1 and 2.

Mark Messier and Alexei Kovalev both recorded four goals, while Brian Leetch picked up eight points in the series to lead the Rangers to the next round where they would meet up with the Capitals.

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Eastern Conference Finals Against Devils

After years of struggles against Patrick Division foes in the old division-based playoff format, the Rangers, ironically in the first year of the new conference-based playoff format, would need to beat three long-time division rivals to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

But the Blueshirts did just that, in arguably the greatest non-Cup Finals playoff series in NHL history which saw three games decided in double-OT, including Game 7 at The Garden.

And, of course, two of the most iconic tilts in Rangers history were part of the amazing series.

With the Rangers down 3-2 in the series, Mark Messier made the bold prediction that the Rangers would win Game 6. And after the Captain talked the talk, he walked the walk, scoring a natural hat trick to force Game 7 at The Garden.

In the deciding game, the Devils scored with just seven seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime. Then it took a little over 24 minutes of action before Stephane Matteau jumped on the ice and cemented himself into Rangers’ lore forever by sending the Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Eastern Conference Semifinals Against Capitals

In the second round, the Rangers continued right where they left off from the first round and took the first three games against the 7th-seeded Caps with dominant wins.

But after seven straight victories where they outscored the two opponents 36-9 to begin the playoffs, the Rangers would lose Game 4 in Washington.

Two days later when the series shifted back to The Garden, the Blueshirts finished off Washington behind a two-goal game from Adam Graves and a four-point night from Brian Leetch to set up a conference finals showdown with the Devils.

Check out the video below to see a classic moment from the series when Rangers’ agitator Esa Tikkanen tries to kiss legendary Caps’ tough guy Dale Hunter during a scrum.

SERIES RECAP:
Game 1: Rangers 6, Capitals 3

Game 2: Rangers 5, Capitals 2
Game 3: Rangers 3, Capitals 0
Game 4: Capitals 4, Rangers 2
Game 5: Rangers 4, Capitals 3

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Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Against Islanders

With a new conference-based playoff format for 1994, the Presidents’ Trophy-winning and No. 1-seeded Rangers began their quest for The Cup against the rival Islanders.

The 8th-seeded Isles proved to be no match for the powerhouse Blueshirts, who breezed through the series in four straight games, outscoring the Islanders 22-3, including a pair of 6-0 shutouts in Games 1 and 2.

Mark Messier and Alexei Kovalev both recorded four goals, while Brian Leetch picked up eight points in the series to lead the Rangers to the next round where they would meet up with the Capitals.

SERIES RECAP:
Game 1: Rangers 6, Islanders 0

Game 2: Rangers 6, Islanders 0

Game 3: Rangers 5, Islanders 1

Game 4: Rangers 5, Islanders 2

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Carmelo Anthony: 62 Points – 1/24/14

It was a historic night at The Garden on January 24, 2014, as Carmelo Anthony had MSG rocking, scoring 62 points to surpass Bernard King for the franchise record for points in a single game and the most ever at The Mecca.

Melo scored 37 points in the first half and capped it off with a half-court buzzer beater.

He stayed hot after halftime and had 56 points at the end of the third quarter. Then, in the fourth quarter, Melo made history scoring his 62nd point, breaking Bernard King’s franchise record.

Take a look at his shot chart from the night:

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After that basket, Coach Woodson pulled Melo with 7:18 remaining, and Melo received a standing ovation from The Garden crowd.

Melo shot 23-35 from the field, made all 10 of his free throw attempts and added 13 rebounds. However, arguably the most impressive stat from Melo’s game was that he had zero turnovers.

Following the final buzzer, Carmelo talked with Tina Cervasio.

Carmelo Anthony talks with Tina Cervasio about his historic 62-point performance.

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