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Stanley Cup Blues
American Magazine, by Joseph Epstein

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 6/9/2014 11:57:35 AM

The Stanley Cup finals, in which the New York Rangers play the Los Angeles Kings, have begun, and I shall not be at my post — or more precisely, in my chair, footstool at the ready, a glass of ice water on the lamp table to my right. I suffered too greatly watching my home team, the Chicago Blackhawks, lose to the Kings, 5-4 in overtime of the seventh and deciding game for the western conference title. The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, and the Kings kept tying things up, and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Nwpa, 6/9/2014 12:22:26 PM     (No. 9878581)

I´m glad he´s sad. I want to see the Kings win it all. Plucky players. Nice to see a different team win for a change. Maybe LA will become a hockey town more than basketball after all the brouhaha.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mean Gene, 6/9/2014 12:27:31 PM     (No. 9878586)

It´s interesting to see hoiw commercial time helps out the non-Kings teams.
the teams with one big, high-paid line get a chance to rest them and play them over and over because of these time-outs.
The Kings are the lowest payroll team in the league.
But they have four pretty great lines.
Time-outs don´t help them.
But, interestingly, the TV doesn´t do time-outs during sudden death periods!
So, the Kings´ opponents do get tired and have to put out their less-than-stellar lines.
That´s when the Kings have a great advantage.
That´s why they can win in overtime.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/9/2014 12:27:38 PM     (No. 9878588)

This is a very amusing article - for even the non-hockey fans. I recommend it. Thanks for posting.

But sorry, Mr. Epstein. We too are rooting for the Kings!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: The Architect, 6/9/2014 12:51:06 PM     (No. 9878617)

I live in New York and have been a die-hard Islander fan since the team was formed in the 70´s. My love of hockey was etched in stone when the Islanders won four cups in a row and the US team of college kids beat the world´s best team in Lake Placid for the Olympic Gold Medal. I am rooting for LA to win. This might seem funny to someone not from NY. Logic would dictate that I should root for the other NY team, the Rangers, but that is not the case. There is a long and deep rivalry between the two teams and most Islanders would say "I root for the Islanders and any other team that plays against the Rangers".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 6/9/2014 12:51:41 PM     (No. 9878618)

I could have written this, from the old days at the Stadium (and Mikita/Hull) to the agony of da feet. Mr Epstein, I feel your pain...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: snowcloud, 6/9/2014 1:06:00 PM     (No. 9878634)

"Nice to see a different team win for a change". You DO realize that the Kings won in ´12? As a Ranger fan seeing all the Ranger hatred makes me laugh. I just cannot believe Islander fans, and also Devils fans hate the Ranger but little do they realize if it weren´t for the Rangers, those teams would not exist. They put these teams in another team´s fanbase area and WE are the ones who are hated? Just unreal. Your teams won´t be where they are in five, ten years, tops. You can´t draw flies and yet you have no interest in your team as much as you hate another. Shaking my head. GO RANGERS!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: caddyjak, 6/9/2014 1:59:36 PM     (No. 9878685)

I thought the hockey season ended in March..

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Reply 8 - Posted by: The Architect, 6/9/2014 2:38:54 PM     (No. 9878736)

The Rangers have more than earned the "hate". They and their arrogant fans had alot of fun kicking the other local teams when they were down. Their arrogance and disdain for anything non-blue is well known. I hope LA sweeps. And actually, the Islanders did exist before 1972 with no help from the Rangers. They were known and the Long Island Ducks, which is now the name of a local baseball team. By the way, the Rangers did not welcome the new teams, they didn´t want anybody cutting into their fan base because they might lose some of their grossly overpriced ticket sales. The Islanders and the Devils made the game much more available to everyone instead of just loud mouthed City fans.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: thewarden, 6/9/2014 4:33:12 PM     (No. 9878902)

Since my Pens were eliminated, I must root for my runner-up team, the Kings. I never root for anything from NY or Chicago. We don´t have a team here in San Diego...

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