The favorites prevailed in the first round outside of a couple shockers, but Carmelo Anthony and Phil Simms were not the ones to rock the boat. Messier shut out Melo while Frazier vs Simms was much closer as we expected. Now we have one of the greatest Rangers who took the team to the cup taking on the underdog who just so happens to be a two time champ and amazing Knick.
When Mark Messier arrived in New York the Rangers hadn’t won the Stanley Cup in more than half a century. His impact was immediate as they wrapped up the top spot in the East that first season. Messier was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, which as far as I can tell is the MVP of hockey (they don’t make anything easy in terms of translating to the other major sports). He also won the Lester B. Pearson award in that same 1991 season, which may also be the MVP. Last night the Rangers locked up a playoff berth and hadn’t done so this early in the season since the 1991 season with Messier. He brought the Cup to New York in 1994 and scored the series winning goal in game seven. He was bold and brash with guarantees and bravado. Perfect character for New York.
Walt “Clyde” Frazier was one of the greatest Knicks. If it weren’t for Patrick Ewing there probably wouldn’t be an argument. He was part of the 1970 and 1973 championship teams in Madison Square Garden, which was something Ewing could never capture. At the time of his retirement Clyde held the franchise record for games and minutes played, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, points and assists. His number 10 hangs in the rafters of MSG celebrating his career, which included seven all-star selections.