For most of the postseason, the New York Rangers have had too battle a poor home-ice advantage. The crowds at Madison Square Garden have been absolutely horrible. The die-hard fans are priced out because of the ridiculous ticket prices, but they showed up big time for Game 6.
When you look around the NHL, the crowds are insane. The crowds are into the game from the drop of the puck, rocking their home team’s color. But, the Rangers haven’t had that in the playoffs, as the crowd has been all corporate. The home-ice advantage finally came into play as the MSG crowd was rocking all night long. It gave the Rangers a huge boost en route to their 3-1 win, forcing a Game 7 in the process.
There was plenty of reasons for the crowd to be into the game. As some of you might know, Martin St. Louis‘ mother passed away from a heart attack three days ago. Add on that today is Mother’s Day, and it had all the makings of an epic game. St. Louis scored the first goal of the game, sparking the crowd into an absolute frenzy. Not only did the crowd rally behind St. Louis, but so did the players.
The Rangers are heading back to Pittsburgh for a do-or-die Game 7. The home crowd at MSG deserves a ton of credit for tonight’s win. For the first time this year, they showed up and made it hard on the opposition. That is why they call MSG the world’s most famous arena.