Despite the team's playoff success in seasons' past, I felt deep down that this year's Blueshirt squad wasn't like the others. They didn't show the same level of grit, they didn't have the same ability to bounce back from tough losses.
I should not have been thinking about hockey at my dear friend's father's funeral. However, on May 4, 2014, at age 44, I publicly declared myself a New York Rangers fan, and today, I still can't remember what else I used to think about.
So the World Cup is on and in North America the sports calendar is clear. The next three weeks will no doubt produce many great matches, wonderful play, and a few surprises, and the world will be enthralled by the action.
Hockey is an emotional game, especially in the playoffs. Nevertheless, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle the emotions. One thing a player can never do, however, is use physical force against an official.
Another Stanley Cup playoff night has passed, and there's another headshot and impending suspension to discuss. Once again, the NHL will pay lip service to taking a "tough" stand on the type of hits that are a blight on the game.
These are numbers you might expect in the Stanley Cup Finals, not the Conference Finals. In these two games, the Rangers have already eclipsed the average the New Jersey Devils had in the Stanley Cup Finals back in 2012.
The Knicks are one of the most profitable teams in the NBA, as they had the average ticket price on the secondary market this season. With the amount of revenue even two playoff games would have created, Madison Square Garden is likely losing out without the Knicks in the playoffs.