Back in the late spring and early summer of 2012, the New York Rangers were in the middle of their longest playoff run in decades. It ended in heartbreaking fashion with a Game 6 loss to the rival New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. That team was expected to win it all. The 2014 Rangers were not, but an incredible run has left one question for people to ponder; are the Rangers a team of destiny?
There are many moments when you begin to realize that fate might be on your side. One of those moments for the Rangers was after Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Martin St. Louis‘ mother tragically passed away, and he inspired the team to play to new heights. In Game 5 against the Penguins, on Mother’s Day nonetheless, St. Louis scored the first goal of the game, sending the Garden crowd into a frenzy. That was one of the first moments when you start to realize something special is happening.
Another moment happened during Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens. Chris Kreider lost his balance and crashed into Canadiens’ goalie Carey Price, taking Price out for the remainder of the series. Price had been a force in the playoffs, but once again fate just happened to be on the Rangers’ side. The chips fell into place beautifully, and the Rangers took advantage of Price’s absence.
There are obviously other moments that have made this team appear to have something more on its side: Some posts here and there, an occasional call or two and the bounces that have saved goals. However, the St. Louis storyline and Price’s injury are two of the main things that make it seem like the Rangers are a team of destiny.