The Struggle of Being a New York Rangers Fan
Being a New York Rangers hockey fan definitely has it's ups and downs. When it's up, it is up and you are on top of the world. When it's down, boy is it down. The Rangers never seem to let you down easily as a fan... They almost raise it up to an art form, make you believe for a moment that they are going to pull it off and make being a fan worth it, but then just drop your heart and crush it. Two seasons ago it was losing to their biggest rival New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference championship. Last season they were able to get past the Eastern Conference Championship in dramatic fashion, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in 7 games, but only to lose to the Los Angeles Kings in 6.
2012-13 Eastern Conference Championship
For a second, the puck was gone, lost in a group of bodies and sticks and pads, and only Adam Henrique could find it. The rookie forward for the Devils had won his team a series with an overtime goal in this postseason, and there he was again, crashing into the Rangers' crease behind goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and pushing the puck into the net, sending the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals...and sending the Rangers home, crushing the franchises hopes and the fans dreams. Not only was it deflating to lose when you were so close to the Stanley Cup Finals, but to lose to the Devils was a whole other thing in itself. Henrique's goal, 63 seconds into overtime, lifted the Devils to a 3-2 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, igniting a party at the Prudential Center by 17,625 fans who once had been so used to seeing their franchise compete for championships. Once again, not the Rangers.
2013-14 Stanley Cup Finals
The Los Angeles Kings claimed the Stanley Cup with a double overtime win over the New York Rangers that capped one of the most remarkable postseasons in National Hockey League history. With both teams close to absolute exhaustion and fans inside the Staples Center roaring themselves crazy during an epic dual, the Kings sealed a 4-1 series victory by winning game five 3-2 on Friday. The winning goal came thanks to defenceman Alec Martinez almost 15 minutes into the second period of overtime. Of course, one of New York Rangers fans least favorite players. While the series scoreline suggested the Kings cruised to victory in the final, three of their four wins were decided in overtime. The Rangers had it so close to them, but of course could not pull through, leaving their fans and the city stranded.
With the Rangers losing many key players to free agency, it is an entirely different team and an entirely different feel this year than it has been in the past. When your team loses players who you have grown close to, it makes it a little bit more difficult to follow along and be interested. Obviously and clearly I will always remain a New York Rangers fan. But now with the whole new roster, it makes it a little easier when the Rangers will break the cities hearts again.