If you came here expecting to see some kind of obituary for
the 2013-2014 New York Rangers then sorry you came to the wrong place. Yes the
Rangers losing the Stanley Cup finals in game 5 was a disappointment and yes
losing in double overtime was a heartbreak.
But that was yesterday and today there is a lot to be proud
of if you live and die wearing your Broadway Blue. For starters there is no
question about the quality of people who wear that Ranger uniform. To watch the
team come together after the passing of Marty St. Louis’s mother spoke volumes
about the quality and characters of those who wear the Ranger’s uniform.
There was defeating longtime rival Philadelphia in the first
round which erased the sting of days past when it was the Flyers who got the
upper hand on the Rangers. There was defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins for the
first time in a playoff series, a win made better by the Rangers rallying from
down 1-3 to defeat the Penguins in 7 games.
It was the first time the Rangers had ever come back from
being down 1-3 in franchise history. It was a win that would cost the
Pittsburgh GM and coaches their jobs.
Then there was the Montreal Canadiens who came into the
series as favorites and were sent packing in 6 games. Those Ghosts of Canadiens
past did not come back to haunt the Rangers.
There is no shame in losing to the Kings who are a good team
in their own right but outside of one game they were not the dominating
monsters the experts claimed they would be. Know that in your heart the Rangers
stood toe to toe with the monster and they needed 3 overtime games in order to
defeat the Rangers.
Not bad for a team that nobody ever expected to make it to
the Stanley Cup Finals.
So forgive me if I choose to enjoy this season after
enduring the past 20 years since the last cup. Yes it would have been awesome
to win the cup this season but unlike other times when the Rangers made the
finals, this team left me feeling positive about tomorrow.
The sun will come up tomorrow and it might even be the color
of Broadway Blue.