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Anaheim-LA is the closest thing to what we have geographically with rivalries and fanbases intersecting. Anaheim-LA is more intense then you think though- Anaheim is only about a 30 minute drive to LA without traffic, not an hour. The allegiances for those teams cross over family/friend/coworker lines much like Devs-Rags/Isles-Rags does. So I'd argue that for Ducks fans, there's no real 'buffer'.They had misery for breakfast, lunch, and dinner when the Kings won those two Cups, just like Kings fans did when the Ducks won in 2007. Nonetheless, we do have a unique situation here, no doubt about it.

 

Fair enough, I can agree with that. 

 

The only thing I'll say further, more to NY/NJ's credit though, is that Northern New Jersey, and obviously New York City and the five boroughs are hands down the most densely populated part of the country. If it sucked to be a Ducks fan the past few years, oh man, would it suck to be over here in 2015 (with Twitter/Facebook, etc.) if the Rangers were to win; unbearable!

 

Although to be fair, I was only 6 in 1994 so I was too young to remember any of the backlash or celebration. I don't remember too many kids in school wearing Rangers gear though. I was 7 in 1995 and definitely remember the Cup win and a lot of kids wearing Devils gear in school the next Fall.

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Now that the Isles are moving to Brooklyn the Devs-Isles will become more intense. Fans can travel via the trains or buses.

 

Looking forward to it!

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Fair enough, I can agree with that.

The only thing I'll say further, more to NY/NJ's credit though, is that Northern New Jersey, and obviously New York City and the five boroughs are hands down the most densely populated part of the country. If it sucked to be a Ducks fan the past few years, oh man, would it suck to be over here in 2015 (with Twitter/Facebook, etc.) if the Rangers were to win; unbearable!

Although to be fair, I was only 6 in 1994 so I was too young to remember any of the backlash or celebration. I don't remember too many kids in school wearing Rangers gear though. I was 7 in 1995 and definitely remember the Cup win and a lot of kids wearing Devils gear in school the next Fall.

I was 15 and a freshman in high school in 1994. It was brutal. Bru. Tal. Losing to them in the ECF was enough to make you want to never leave your house again. Half my school was Rags fans. I hated my life until we won it all in '95. Edited by MadDog2020

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I was 15 and a freshman in high school in 1994. It was brutal. Bru. Tal. Losing to them in the ECF was enough to make you want to never leave your house again. Half my school was Rags fans. I hated my life until we won it all in '95.

 

Yikes, I could imagine.

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I was 15 and a freshman in high school in 1994. It was brutal. Bru. Tal. Losing to them in the ECF was enough to make you want to never leave your house again. Half my school was Rags fans. I hated my life until we won it all in '95.

Matteau Matteau Matteau

And now we have his son.

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Add the closeness of Philly and them eating up part of the states fans and I say we have the worse set up (or best if you like arguing) in any sport in North America. Being a Devs fan is tough, we really should be proud of the amount and ferocity of fans we have. Of course we have nothing on the soccer fans in London with at least a half-dozen teams. LGD!!!!!

Edited by John Wensink

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I was going to say even with the delay in surprised how quiet the crowd is for winning the Stanley cup. I know maybe they are used to it by now but first time on home ice in about 80 years you would think that place ceiling should be on the verge of collapsing.

NBC's sound engineering was awful yet again. The director kept messing around with the volume.

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Watching the scenes from the streets of Chicago and the jubilation outside the arena, I just can't imagine living and working in/near New York City if the Rangers were to win. I don't know if I could handle it, I'd probably call out sick for a week or use up all my vacation days.

Thank you Tampa Bay Lightning, we are in your debt.

People in New York city don't care about hockey or the Rangers; it wouldn't be that bad.

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I'd like to take this moment to reiterate my appreciation of the Tampa Bay Lightning for defeating the Rangers

 

 

^

this.

 

 

I get at least one more year of wearing my 'Lundqvist Lord of No Rings' shirt !!

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People in New York city don't care about hockey or the Rangers; it wouldn't be that bad.

Oh it would be. The city loves a winner and it would be absolutely horrendous.

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Oh it would be. The city loves a winner and it would be absolutely horrendous.

Yep. It would be a nightmare. Hopefully it never happens again in any of our lifetimes.

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Anaheim-LA is the closest thing to what we have geographically with rivalries and fanbases intersecting. Anaheim-LA is more intense then you think though- Anaheim is only about a 30 minute drive to LA without traffic, not an hour. The allegiances for those teams cross over family/friend/coworker lines much like Devs-Rags/Isles-Rags does. So I'd argue that for Ducks fans, there's no real 'buffer'.They had misery for breakfast, lunch, and dinner when the Kings won those two Cups, just like Kings fans did when the Ducks won in 2007. Nonetheless, we do have a unique situation here, no doubt about it.

 

You now can add the Islanders to the geography making it a three-headed monster. It's definitely unique. Rivalries are what make sports.

People in New York city don't care about hockey or the Rangers; it wouldn't be that bad.

 

This couldn't be more inaccurate. The city loves a winner. You know how many people hopped on. It's everywhere. The Rangers are still NYC's best chance at a winner with the Mets now second. Those are the only two city teams that are close.

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This couldn't be more inaccurate. The city loves a winner. You know how many people hopped on. It's everywhere. The Rangers are still NYC's best chance at a winner with the Mets now second. Those are the only two city teams that are close.

Would people jump on the bandwagon? Sure. Would there be people around town wearing Rangers hats or t shirts? Yes. Would there be mass riots and parties in the streets like there are in any other market after a cup victory? Nope. Hell, even Giants Super Bowl wins don't get street celebrations.

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Would people jump on the bandwagon? Sure. Would there be people around town wearing Rangers hats or t shirts? Yes. Would there be mass riots and parties in the streets like there are in any other market after a cup victory? Nope. Hell, even Giants Super Bowl wins don't get street celebrations.

 

I'm gonna take a guess and figure you're too young to remember the sh!tshow that was the 1994 parade.......

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I'd like to take this moment to reiterate my appreciation of the Tampa Bay Lightning for defeating the Rangers

AND Montreal. Thx tampa, thx

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I'm gonna take a guess and figure you're too young to remember the sh!tshow that was the 1994 parade.......

Incorrect. I suffered through that but realize how much worse it would have been if NYC actually gave a sh!t about the Rangers. While the parade was well attended, there weren't street parties or unorganized mass gatherings of celebration. I'm also not even talking about the parades. You can have a parade for Mel Gibson in NYC and a million people would show up. Also, 1994 was a looonnggg time ago. The city is much different and even more sports-apathetic today.

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Also, 1994 was a looonnggg time ago. The city is much different and even more sports-apathetic today.

 

And 80% of the people hanging out in the city at any given point aren't even from the Northeast anymore haha. It's easier to find a bar showing a Michigan State basketball game with sound on than it is to find a bar showing regular season Rangers, Islanders, or Devils hockey.

 

That being said, the parade would be huge, and right by my job on Fulton Street haha

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That's actually pretty cool. 

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I like those full circle stories.  My favorite is still the Shanahan / Vaive story lol.

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I like those full circle stories.  My favorite is still the Shanahan / Vaive story lol.

 

http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2009/12/08/shanny_snub_resulted_in_vaive_attack.html

 

I never knew about that, classic!

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