New York Rangers‘ fans, and Madison Square Garden as a whole, has come under fire since the renovation of being too quiet. Some would like to believe it is because the sound does not travel in the arena as good as it used to, but we all know the real reason.
The real reason is that Rangers’ fans, every single season, get more and more priced out by owner James Dolan, who cares more about profit than winning. Because of this, Madison Square Garden, during Rangers games, is filled to capacity more with upper class businessmen and women and less with die-hard Rangers fans. This has caused a real problem for the Rangers all season long, especially now in the playoffs.
The Rangers finished this season with the best road record in the entire NHL, but because they were only a .500 team at home, they did not finish at the top of the Eastern Conference. The fans in Madison Square Garden have a lot to do with this because any team in any sport will tell you that hearing the cheers from your home crowd definitely motivates you. This season, Madison Square Garden has been less cheering and more booing and it definitely affects this Rangers team.
Rangers fans being so quiet in the beginning of games and not cheering until the Rangers score a goal is unacceptable in the playoffs. If you want your team to up their games, then the fans need to up their games as well.
The die-hard Rangers fans have a very important job to do in Game 6. It is up to these die-hard Rangers fans to literally go crazy before the opening puck drop and get the entire Madison Square Garden crowd into the game. It is either win or go home for the Rangers, so not only the Rangers, but the fans as well, have to step up their games.