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Rangers win emotional game 6

Martin St. Louis (New York Rangers)

Martin St. Louis (New York Rangers)

Ask any old time New York Ranger fan and odds are they will tell you that they knew that the Rangers were going to win game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins when Marty St. Louis scored at the 3:34 mark of the first period. Why you ask and the answer was because a long lost weapon of the New York Rangers returned to Madison Square Garden after way too long an absence.

The weapon was “the noise” as the Garden erupted like it had not in years and if you don’t think it had an effect on the Penguins think again. “The Noise” brought excitement to the Garden, it gave the Ranger players a little more energy and it turned the Garden into quicksand of frustration for Sidney Crosby and his teammates.

Many a Ranger fan has said that the Dolans have chased the real Ranger fans out of Madison Square Garden with their insane ticket prices as well as a renovation of the Garden which changed the seating of the place once known as “the world’s nosiest arena.” For at least one day that place came alive like it used to do come every playoff season.

Not knocking today’s fan because they weren’t a part of it but Yankee fans could count on winning the World Series, the Mets were loveable losers who once a decade would win something, the Giants and Jets spent a lot of time losing before the Giants learned how to be respectable.

But if you were a Ranger fan from the 1950’s to 1990’s then you loved your Rangers even though you knew they would find a way to break your heart. Remember you are talking about a team that went 54 years in between Stanley Cups.

No team earned the kind of emotional attachment like the Rangers did with their fans. Every year you would start by thinking that this would be the year only at the end of the season as the heartbreak was going on you would still find it within you to say that “next year will be our year.”

You are talking about the fan base that invented drowning out the anthem singer at playoff time. The fan base that network TV would bring decibel meters to show how loud the Garden was and then show how it was louder than a subway train or a jet.

A fan base that would make the building actually shake because of all the noise the fans made. A noise that started from the moment the gates opened and didn’t end until the game was decided. It was so loud that opposing teams could hear it in their locker rooms and because they had nowhere else to go could never escape the noise.

You are talking about a fan base that you could travel anywhere in the world and odds are you would find a fellow Ranger fan. To this day my wife still can’t believe how I can find myself talking Ranger’s hockey to a stranger who just so happens to be a Ranger fan.

It is in the blood and as mad as this team can make us; we still remain faithful to the team. It is like a first love that you just can never get over no matter how many times it will break your heart. It makes you hope beyond common reason that maybe just maybe that this will be the year.

It means come Tuesday night despite all the statistical information that says the Rangers don’t have a chance that I will be in front of my TV believing that they do. Why?

Because I do bleed blue and hope you do too.

Posted by Jess Rubenstein | May 12, 2014 at 02:58 am

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