Rangers’ biggest rival moves from one side of Manhattan to the other
ISLANDERS FANS LOST a significant cudgel to wield upon the heads of their Rangers rivals in 1994, when a New York Stanley Cup victory rendered the Long Island “1940!” jeer obsolete. In fact, with so little playo action between the two squads recently, the Rangers’ chief rival has become the New Jersey Devils.
It was, after all, the horned menaces of Newark who knocked the Blueshirts out of Cup contention in 2012 when New York had come into the East final as the No. 1 seed. Adam Henrique had the overtime clincher in Game 6. And when line brawls and other assorted donnybrooks have kicked o Rangers matches in the past few years, it has been the Dev-
ils on the other side of the shenanigans, treating the opening whistle like the bell at a prize fight.
For years, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur lorded over the Rangers and even though the Blueshirts got revenge on the venerable netminder at last year’s Stadium Series game, he will retire on the plus side in the rivalry.
The two teams meet Oct. 21, Dec. 27, April 4 and April 7.