Friday, May 29, 2015

Once Again...and for the Very First Time

History is in the mind of the teller.  So said Tom Hanks to his two young sons at the end of Radio Flyer.   History is not, however, exclusively a 'past-tense' exercise.  To the contrary, history is ever-evolving and is constantly-occurring.  Things pass into history in an eye blink.  

In sports, often times "history" is treated as a synonym for experience.  Again this spring it has been recycled by those who chronicle the playoff exploits of the Kenny family's favorite hockey team.  The Rangers have become renowned for their ability to prevail in "elimination" games.  It was a skill that they relied upon three consecutive times in their second-round series win over Washington and it is a skill upon which they relied on Tuesday night.  Trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning three games to two in their Best-of-Seven Eastern Conference Final Series, the Rangers posted a 7-3 victory.

In doing so, in addition to earning the respect of the headline writers at the New York Post, they tied the series at three wins apiece and forced yet another Game Seven.  Tonight - on home ice at Madison Square Garden - the Blueshirts shall skate against Tampa Bay one last time for 2014-15.  The winner next plays either Anaheim or Chicago for the Stanley Cup.  The loser next plays off of the blue tees at a local country club for beers and bragging rights.  At game's end tonight, it shall still be hockey season for only one of these two teams.

Here's to hoping that team is the Rangers...


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