Rangers 90th Anniversary

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The Bentley Brothers Brilliance at the Old Garden

This one was right out of a storybook. In fact, the epic game made me cry. As a matter of fact, the storyline probably would be rejected by book editors as too unreal for publication, but it actually happened. It all took place at Madison Square Garden on January 21, 1954 – the night of […]

The All-Time Top 9 Rangers Nice Guys

It’s not that the Rangers invented The Nice Guy In Hockey, it just happens that over a nine-decade span the Blueshirts have boasted more clean-playing stars than any other NHL team, in my opinion. Some might even call it genetic since the Blueshirts first superstar center — on the original 1926-27 team — was Frank […]

Heroes of the Valiant 1950 Rangers That Fell Just Short

If you check the Rangers‘ Stanley Cup records from the club’s inception through the 1940s, you’ll find a championship in each decade. The original champagne-drinkers turned out to be the Lester Patrick-coached squad in 1928; only a year after the Blueshirts entered the National Hockey League. During the 1930s decade, they won their second Cup — again […]

Rangers’ 9 Best Deadline Deals

No question, the Stanley Cup Playoffs rank as the most exciting aspect of the season. But when it comes to the homestretch, the tension surrounding the annual trade deadline can’t be beat and this year is no exception. On Wednesday, the National Hockey League clock will be ticking up until 3 p.m. when all deals […]

Inside the Intra-Garden Rivalry: Blueshirts vs. Americans

For 16 years, the two most intense New York City sporting rivalries involved a pair of baseball teams and two hockey clubs. On the diamond it was the New York Giants, playing out of the Polo Grounds in Harlem, and the Brooklyn Dodgers whose home was Ebbets Field in Crown Heights. The hockey version was […]

How Innovation Helped the Rangers Win the Cup in 1940

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 […]

The 9 Biggest Villains in Rangers History

Nearly 30 years after he retired, a major league Rangers nemesis still is being reviled at every single home game. Therefore, under the category “Most Disliked Blueshirt Foe,” Islanders Hall of Famer Denis Potvin stands at the very top of the list. There’s no challenger in sight, not even from Martin Brodeur. The irony of […]

The 9 Best Coaches in Rangers History

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 […]

Winning the Second Cup with a Scottish-Born Rookie Goalie

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 […]

The Other … Top 9 Toughest Rangers of All-Time List

The fans have spoken. The Maven listened. Rangers loyalists read my recent piece on “The Nine Toughest Rangers Of All-Time” and have responded enthusiastically — and critically. That’s good. “How come Nick Fotiu was not on the list?” harped more than a few of The Faithful.   @StanFischler @NYRangers tough to pick just nine…Joey Kocur, […]