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Hockey Takes A Backseat In NYC

from Dan Shaughnessy,

Hockeytown, this is not.

The New York state of mind is not focused on the neutral zone trap. It’s hard to be a Rangers fan in the city. Spike Lee and Whoopi Goldberg don’t splice Rangers footage into their films.

Sure, the Rangers have fans and sellouts and Original Six tradition, and they even won a Stanley Cup back in 1994. But I have been here since Monday and I am here to tell you that there is no buzz in this town for the New York Rangers. The House of Blueshirts is the hockey house of blues.

It’s not just because the 2012-13 Rangers can’t score goals, have no power play (2 for 38 in playoffs), and are teetering on the brink of elimination. No. It was like this in the days leading up to Tuesday night’s de facto clincher by the Bruins.

The Knicks are the big deal here. The Yankees are a big deal. And the Giants. Even the Jets.

The Rangers? Not that big of a deal. They get sketchy coverage in the local papers. They aren’t a hot topic on sports radio. Except for their All-World goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, they lack star power.

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Hootinani's avatar

No idea how true this is, but I’ll take it with a grain of salt, coming from a Boston journalist.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/23/13 at 09:54 AM ET

Primis's avatar

No idea how true this is, but I’ll take it with a grain of salt, coming from a Boston journalist.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/23/13 at 09:54 AM ET

Beat me to it.  I mean, it’s not like Dan has an axe to grind against New York or anything, being from Boston (who has a jealousy/inferiority complex to them for some reason).

Posted by Primis on 05/23/13 at 10:31 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

No idea how true this is, but I’ll take it with a grain of salt, coming from a Boston journalist.
Posted by Hootinani on 05/23/13 at 09:54 AM ET

It’s completely true. My sister in law and her husband are both from the D, huge sports fans (including hockey) and have been living in Brooklyn but working in Manhattan for a number of years. They have told me this more than once. The Rangers are way down the list.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/23/13 at 10:35 AM ET

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You could say the exact same thing about the Bruins in Boston.  At best they’re tied for the 3rd biggest sports show in town with the Celtics, and that’s just because the Celtics look like they are in decline while the Bruins are still going strong.  You can’t really make the case that the NHL is somehow bigger or more important in Boston than it is in NY.

Posted by RoneFace on 05/23/13 at 01:23 PM ET

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