NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Rangers are up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals, but diehard Blueshirts fan Boomer Esiason isn’t yet ready to pronounce his favorite team Eastern Conference champions.
But his co-host, Craig Carton, is.
Is MSG Rangers analyst Ron Duguay with Carton? Will the Rangers play in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1994?
“Yes,” Duguay told Boomer & Carton, without hesitation, on Thursday. “I think Montreal’s in a hole right now that they’re not gonna get out of. They may win one, but … goaltending is an issue. I just love the personality of this team. I like the leadership. I like the coaching. There’s a lot to like.”
The Rangers looked dead and buried down 3-1 to the Penguins in the second round of the playoffs. But New York shocked the hockey world by rattling off three straight to take the series and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
After taking the first two games against the Canadiens in Montreal, the Rangers are back in New York just two wins away from playing for the Cup.
Talk about a magic-carpet ride and an incredible amount of resiliency.
“A lot of it has to do with the character of the team, the leadership of the team,” Duguay told Boomer & Carton. “And I can relate to it because in my 12 years I went to finals one time. And it wasn’t like we had the greatest team. It’s because we enjoyed each other’s company. We played for each other. We fought for each other. We looked forward to going to practice. We enjoyed our coach, so the atmosphere was great.
“So it’s all about what’s in the heart, and they’re all on the same page. They’re like a band of brothers out there, and that’s why they find a way.”
Game 3 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. The puck will drop at 8:00 p.m.
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