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Knicks and Rangers Breathe New Life Into New York Sports Fans

Both the Knicks and the Rangers Currently Hold the Lead in Their Respective Series, Double Titles for NY?

NYC Is Buzzing!

New York has been a desolate wasteland for professional sports championships with the Giants being the last franchise to capture a world title back in 2011. But the NY Knicks and NY Rangers are currently in the heat of the playoffs and the drought may finally be over for sports fans in the Empire State.

Knicks in the Mix

Many Knicks fans were not even born in 1973 when their team last won a world championship. And although the team had two trips to the NBA Finals in the 90s, both were unsuccessful and it has now been over 50 years since the franchise and its fans have tasted championship glory.

Knicks and Rangers Breathe New Life Into New York Sports Fans
Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates - Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

However, this year’s Knicks edition has been a refreshing change from the norm as they defeated the 76ers, 4-2, in the first round of the NBA playoffs and are now up 2-0 over the Indiana Pacers. Assuming they advance, a date with the mighty Boston Celtics will be their likely Eastern Conference Finals opponent.

 

The fan support the Knicks have received has been staunch. They are not only packing Madison Square Garden but eagerly traveled to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the three playoff visits there, including the Game 6 series clincher where Knicks fans were conspicuously loud and proud.

“We feel we have the best fans in the world. They travel. They go with us wherever we go,” said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau to NBA news outlets.

The Knicks could very well go all the way this season and no fan base would be worthier of an NBA championship than their devoted fans who have supported them through thick and thin.

 

 

Blueshirts Dazzle

The NHL playoffs are in full throttle and no team has been perfect – except the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts have gone from a good team last year to an elite squad this year, posting 114 points in the regular season, tops in the National Hockey League.

But that was merely a foreshadowing of their dominance in the postseason where they swept the Washington Capitals in four games and now hold a 3-0 series advantage over one of the stingiest teams in the league, the Carolina Panthers. And in a bit of inspiring coincidence, this is the first Rangers iteration that has gone 7-0 in the first seven games of the playoffs since 1994, the last time they hoisted the Stanley Cup.

 

But no player has impacted the team more than the 2022 Vezina Trophy winner, Igor Shesterkin, who saved 54 of 57 Carolina shots in Game 2 en route to a 4-3 overtime win followed by another stellar performance in turning aside 45 of 47 shots in the team’s 3-2 Game 3 overtime victory.

Rangers coach, Peter Laviolette, noted his team doesn’t get rattled, saying, “This is a resilient group and they’ve been in these situations before. And I think (it was) just sending messaging that we’re doing the right things; we were going to finish this because of what we’ve been through and the way we’re playing the game right now.”

 

The Rangers are one of the oddsmakers’ top choices to skate away with the Stanley Cup this season which means Madison Square Garden could be home to two championship celebrations this year with the Knicks also poised for a world title.

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