Ranger fans were certainly excited about the team's conference final victory as they spilled out of Madison Square Garden Thursday night. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Fired-up fans walked, ran and meandered out of Madison Square Garden Thursday night. The boys in blue stood watch as Blueshirts lovers got loud. They jumped and screamed, some clowning around, but all in celebratory fun.
"Twenty years, I waited for this," said one fan. "Twenty. I'm 21. Twenty years!"
The last time the Rangers won it all was 1994. Hundreds watched the climax of this year's Eastern Conference Finals on the big screens out front. While fans poured out, police ran in to restore some sense of order.
"We played our hearts out," said one fan. "That's all we can do."
"Beautiful," said another. "I couldn't believe it was a 1-0 win, but they worked the hardest. They worked harder than Montreal."
"Defense, man. Good defense," said a third. "They played good defense tonight."
"Terrence O'Donnell from Rockaway Beach, Ladder 137 on 116th Street. Ranger fan for 35 years," said a fourth. "Psyched, psyched, psyched to be going. It was a nail-biter, man, but it was fabulous from start to finish. We scored the first goal and held on."
The Rangers will play either Chicago or Los Angeles away on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Rangers fans say it doesn't matter, though, because they say the Blueshirts are going to take the cup back to New York.