Locally here in the New York City metropolitan area, Rangers fans that have already been going through off-season withdrawal since the 2008 Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins sent their team home for the summer on May 4th will have something to watch on Friday nights for the next eight weeks.
MSG Network presented a brand-new show called Fans' Most Wanted: Rangers last night and it highlighted the best playoff moments in New York Rangers history. Among them (as shown on their Game On! blog entry) were their 1986 playoff run, beating the Philadelphia Flyers the following season in a memorable 5-game series victory, their 1997 series clinchers against the Florida Panthers (Esa Tikkanen's goal was shown) and New Jersey Devils (Adam Graves' wraparound goal past Martin Brodeur) and of course their successful 1994 playoff run to end the franchise's 54-year Stanley Cup title drought.
I taped it and then watched it before I went to bed last night and I was satisfied with what I saw. Rangers television play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen hosted the show and regardless if you're a Rangers fan or not, it is a pleasure to hear him talk NHL hockey at any time of year.
Next Friday's (May 30th) show will highlight the best of this 2007-2008 season. The last new episode in this series will air on August 15th. There will be plenty of re-airings for those that aren't around on Friday nights.
If you don't live around these parts, don't worry. If you want to see this show, you can. Cable providers of MSG Network in upstate New York, northeastern Pennsylvania and southwestern Connecticut will definitely have access as well as satellite providers such as DirecTV and Dish Network.