During the Spring of 1950, the Rangers scored a pair of colossal upsets. Finishing three wins under the .500 mark, the Blueshirts began winning in the post-season. First, they upset the favored Montreal Canadiens in five games and then extended the even-more-favored Detroit Red Wings to seven games before losing in double-overtime. That success bred […]
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It took a mere seven years for the Rangers to win the third Stanley Cup and — like the previous National Hockey League champions — the 1939-40 edition did it with a flair and a few zany surprises added for dressing. A few of the surprises were as follows: The Blueshirts’ one — and only […]
What constitutes an outstanding coach? By The Maven’s standard, it’s a bench boss who gets the most out of his players. Nor does it hurt if he wins a Stanley Cup in the process, or reaches the Final as Alain Vigneault did against Los Angeles in 2014; or Lynn Patrick in 1950 for that matter […]
After winning the 1928 Stanley Cup in the second year of their existence, Rangers manager-coach Lester (The Silver Fox) Patrick could have been tempted to stand pat with his championship lineup. But the Silver Fox was too foxy for that. “Stand-pat” was not part of his standard, creative philosophy. As a result, the Blueshirts’ Cup lineup began […]
When it comes to an “Incredible But True” saga nothing tops the manner in which the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 1928 over the heavily-favored Montreal Maroons. Check these out: BEATING THE ODDS: The triumph took place in only the second year of the club’s existence. OLD MAN, LESTER PATRICK IN GOAL: When […]