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‘Going to be a great night to be hockey fans tonight,’ Vigneault says

Jun 9, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

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It’s been 20 years since a Stanley Cup Final game was played in New York City and with the New York Rangers returning home down 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings, the atmosphere at Madison Square Garden figures to be intense.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was asked after this morning’s skate about where his team is at heading into tonight’s game and he feels like they’re in a good place despite being down.

“Chance-wise we’re right there with them,” Vigneault said. “We played some good hockey. We got a little bit unfortunate in that last third period. But, you know, we’re right there. We feel real good about our game. Going to be a great night to be hockey fans tonight.”

To say Rangers fans have been waiting for a while to be back on this stage is putting it lightly. A viewing of Game 1 in Bryant Park brought out over 10,000 fans and tickets on secondary markets like StubHub, as of this writing, start at $800.

If home ice advantage can’t give the Rangers a lift, they might have to deal with watching the Kings lift the Cup on their turf.

  1. tapefolie - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Let’s go Rangers! I’m not even a Rangers or Kings fan but it’d be a shame to see this exciting series end so quickly

    • blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      but it’d be a shame to see this exciting series end so ‘quickly’ …

      sorry there tapefoil, but that’s exactly how it’s going to end for you … quickly as in ‘Jonathan’ Quickly ! :)

      In all seriousness and notwithstanding my own personal bias, so far this has been a ‘terrific’ series which is serving to advance the NHL in ways that would have been thought ‘unimaginable’ only weeks ago. Record ticket prices, TV ratings going through the roof, new hockey fans popping up ‘everywhere’ like weeds in the garden, etc. In fact, one couldn’t be blamed for wondering if these entire 2014 playoffs are a ‘staged act’ for the explicit purpose of commercial gain ? Wouldn’t that be something ! But of course we know that isn’t the case. After all, who on earth could ever possibly concoct such a plan or write such a wonderful script ? :)

      • phtjoey - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Blomfeld, great series for the Kings’ fans. They’re not making it easy for themselves, but who cares. Right! 2 wins away from another championship.

      • blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        ‘may truth forever ring loud’ …

        Yes friend, we’re definitely ‘not’ making it easy for ourselves. But then again you have to ask yourself … isn’t ‘struggle’ the essence of life, especially when we triumph over our setbacks and obstacles ? :)

  2. mpg44 - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I’m hoping for a “fast” end o this series. Notice I did not include Quick. He has had a very normal , on par playoffs . He owes a great deal to his teammates who are in fact “quickly” baling him out. I just want NY out of this , they have ruined my playoff watching experience by not only being in the playoffs but making it to the finals. So… Go Kings Go . At least they are not the rangers!

  3. anthonykornheiser - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    blomfeld and phjoey, seems like you are the same person and just had a conversation with yourself. at least change the grammar up a smidge.

    • blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      friend, that ‘angle’ of retort wore thin a long time ago … same with the ‘old folks home’ business or the idea of commenters being ‘basement dwelling’ children, etc …

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