Madison Square Garden is a special building and the Rangers are hoping their fans, who make it that way, inspire them to a Game 3 victory and get them back into this series...
"We love playing (at Madison Square Garden). The crowd is always behind you and we thrive off that."
"Anytime we have our fans behind us is a fun thing to play with. They're so loud, so passionate. It definitely helps."
"I think every team likes to play at home. And New York is a good place to have as a home. We're all excited to be back (at Madison Square Garden). Hopefully with (the fans) support and the excitement in the building we can get a really strong game."
"All through the year and in the playoffs (Madison Square Garden) has been good to us. We've won games here. That's what he have to do. Not win two at home. We have to win one game at home and that's our total focus. It helps, as you've seen through the playoffs. We're anxious to get going."
The Rangers were 16-6-2 at home in the regular season and 3-0 at home against the Capitals in the first round.
...do loud, passionate crowds win playoff games? No. But they sure can help keep momentum going or build it for a team up against the ropes. The effect the MSG crowd had in Games 3 & 4 against the Capitals was tangible as the players really seemed to feed off the energy in the building. Got to hope for a repeat vs. the Bruins.
...i'm really interested to see if the Bruins three rookie defensmen (if they play) will be spooked at all by the raucous MSG crowd and the big stage that is Madison Square Garden.
For video of the players comments, visit Blueshirts United.
I hate when teams talk about this. It seems so mentally weak to basicly say we have a hard time imposing our will on the road. I get that having your crowd go nuts helps, but great teams dominate on the road. Mental toughness is key.
Crowd won't spook the kids. Nash being back to Nash would spook them a helluva lot more. Let's hope that happens!
@Josh6 Torts (from the article): "I answer to the team. That is where my decision making is, that is where my convictions are….are we doing it the right way. I always look at the man in the mirror. I have to asses myself and I do everyday. Am I doing the right thing for the hockey team? If you are then you are okay. If people don’t agree then you are gonna get fired, so be it.”
Does Darren Dreger know the NHL? Hell yes. Does he know the nuances the NYR, the development of the up-and-comers, Torts, NY media and the fans? Not really.
"Absolutely there is a chance he could be replaced. No question about it." I mean, anything COULD happen.