Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/03/12 at 10:13 AM ET
from Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post,
Hockey fans don’t need much in the way of reference points; surnames will do just fine. There isn’t a Rangers fan who was alive on the evening of May 27, 1994, who needs anything other than the word “Matteau” to summon time, place, who they were with, what they were drinking, what they were screaming.
Go back a few years. If you’re old enough to remember the night of April 29, 1971, then all you need is the word “Stemkowski,” and you know: where, when, with who. Forty-one years later there are still Rangers fans who can recite, as if it were part of the Baltimore Catechism, the details of that goal, 1:29 into the third overtime, salvaging Game 6 against the Chicago BlackHawks.
Now, onto that shelf, we place Marian Gaborik.
Now, into the Rangers’ pantheon of forever moments, we add another architect, we add another moment, we add this goal at 12:15 this morning after 114 minutes and 41 seconds of tortured, torturous, terrific hockey, a war of attrition you started to think might take us all the way to Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. face-off for Game 4.
“It’s a game of wills,” Gaborik would say after scoring his first goal since Game 1 against the Senators, after willing a puck past Braden Holtby and delivering a 2-1, triple-overtime victory for the Rangers and a 2-1 advantage in these best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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