RIVER RAGE

Rangers’ big­gest ri­val moves from one side of Man­hat­tan to the other

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

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-

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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.

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