How far will the Rangers get this season?

Sorry If We Aren"t Crying Over Loss
Ranger fans are proud of team's effort

Looking out over the internet and seeing those posting about how proud they are of the New York Rangers despite losing in the Stanley Cup finals speaks volumes about why Ranger fans are so very different. Yes different than fans of any other team in any other sport.

This is not about saying that Ranger fans are better than anyone else but what we are is different because of the bonds that make us Ranger fans. Ask a Ranger fan about how he or she became one and odds are there is a good story about it.

From having passed down from generation to generation (I once met 4 generations of Ranger fans together at a game) to simply developing a love for the team that plays in New York. Entire families attend games despite whatever differences they may have on everything else.

For me it was meeting Eddie Giacomin as a child and getting an autographed puck from him.  It was having an Eddie Giacomin poster (without the mask) on the wall of my room from age 6 until I left home at 20.

Sorry if you don’t understand how proud that so many of us are of our team that we aren’t freaking out over the loss. Don’t get us wrong as yes we would have preferred winning but what you don’t understand in our own ways we did win.

We won because we know that Los Angeles who were supposed to be overwhelming favorites to lay waste to the Rangers couldn’t do that. Los Angeles never once defeated the Rangers in regulation when in the Staples Center. And if it will make everyone feel better then Rangers fans could bitch about the screwjob they got from the officiating.

We can be happy because Los Angeles couldn’t dominate us on the scoreboard and barely held a lead during the games played. No the Rangers didn’t win today but now we can have hope for a better tomorrow.

Ranger fans can be happy because this team did what nobody expected them to do and that was reach the finals for the first time in 20 years. We are happy because along the way the Rangers defeated 3 teams that have always given them trouble in the playoffs.

If you would have told me before the playoffs started that the Rangers would knock off the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens in the same playoff year I would have called you crazy. Ranger’s history is full of times when one of these teams would screw up the Ranger playoffs and yet not this year.

We can be proud of the way the team came together after Marty St. Louis’s mother passed away and rallied together not about the game but instead for St. Louis in his hour of need. That is one of the reasons why we cheer for this team.

We can be happy because we saw what this team had to go through at the beginning of the season and yet they made the finals. Nobody when the Rangers were 3-6 before their first home game would have picked the Rangers in the Cup finals.

Yes there will be players who come and go but the main core of this roster will remain and that will give Ranger fans something that has been missing for a long time; hope. Yes hope that it won’t be 54 years between Stanley Cup wins and who knows with the right combination of additions that the Rangers could be right back in the finals next season.

For 20 years Ranger fans have been waiting for a chance to believe that they have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. This team gave us that hope and for that we are celebrating this season despite the outcome.

But we do have one last thing to say to the rest of you:

Seeya next year the Rangers are back.

Posted by Jess Rubenstein | June 15, 2014 at 06:30 am

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