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 […]
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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 […]
If the Rangers first Stanley Cup triumph in 1928 was accomplished with a strange set of goaltending circumstances, the Blueshirts’ second championship five years later had a curious netminding twist as well. Actually, its roots date back to the 1927-28 season when Lorne Chabot was the Rangers original and dependable puck-stopper throughout the season, as […]
Follow Stan on Twitter @StanFischler When it comes to colorful characters sprinkled through the Rangers’ nine decades of National Hockey League play, the Blueshirts’ left wingers rank among the most artistic and inimitable at the same time. Take Camille (The Eel) Henry as an example. In his first NHL season, 1953-54, the fragile-looking French-Canadian skated […]
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 […]
To many historians, one story stands above all others when it comes to “Incredible But True” hockey tales. In fact, the night that Lester Patrick went into goal for the Blueshirts 89 years ago still defies credulity to this day. Just consider the following: The date was April 7, 1928 — the Rangers vs. the […]