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Is­landers had their dy­nasty, but Rangers have done the lam­poon­ing

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

THE IS­LANDERS WERE LIKE the lit­tle brother the Rangers never wanted, and though the denizens of Nas­sau County have had their runs of glory, they have more of­ten than not been the butt of jokes from their Man­hat­tan ri­vals.

When the Isles joined the NHL in 1972-73, games against the Rangers prac­ti­cally served as home games for the Orig­i­nal Six squad, since the new guys were build­ing a fan base. The Rangers didn’t take the Isles se­ri­ously un­til they lost to the up­starts in the ’75 playo s.

In more mod­ern times, es­pe­cially after the Rangers broke their 54-year Cup drought in 1994, the Man­hat­tan fans have poked fun at the Is­landers’ tribu­la­tions, the most ob­vi­ous

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be­ing the uni­form dis­as­ter of 1995, when the clas­sic ‘NY’ logo was re­placed by an angry fish­er­man with a hockey stick. Rangers fans quickly made the con­nec­tion that he looked like the Gor­ton’s seafood guy and be­gan chant­ing “we want fish sticks!” ev­ery time they played the Is­landers.

The two teams meet Oct. 14, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 16 and March 10.

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