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I watch a lot of Rangers hockey, as I am sure you do as well. The vast majority of it comes from my living room in front of my nice projection TV. It’s been this way my whole life, even when I lived in NY, NJ, Texas, and now in Atlanta, I always watch a ton of games at home, and only a few live. Yes, even when I lived in NY. Why? Because you can sort of remove yourself from the crowd, from the people around you, and just focus on the game when you are at home. You don’t have distractions, you don’t fall victim to the gang mentality of the Garden (SHOOT THE PUCK!), instead you can just sit back, take it all in, and come to your own opinion on what went right, and what went wrong. Today though was one of a handful of games over the past few years that I have watched at home where I thought to myself, damn, I wish I was there watching it live. To be there as Wade Redden had a fight and was cheered, to be there as the Rangers stormed back from a 2 goal deficit and played their most passionate, intense hockey of the season was quite simply awe inspiring. I wish I could have been there to heckle the Habs fans with the Ole! Ole! Ole! chant. I wish I could have been there to boo Scott Blowmez every time he touched the puck. I wish I could have been there to watch Captain Cardboard Chris Drury erupt into an emotional tirade after having his stick held. I wish I could have been there to watch Torts and Avery have their shouting match, only to have Avery back on the ice as though it never happened. I wish I could have been there to watch Vinny Prospal make a gorgeous passing play to set up Dubi for the easiest goal he will likely have in his career. I wish I could have been there to watch Ryan Callahan do his thing. I wish I could have been there to watch the stick salute, because this was one game where I wanted to give this team a standing ovation.

With that said, let’s see them do it again on Tuesday. And by “let’s see” I mean, you all will see, because that is another Versus game, and I am blacked out, where there will be a lack of a post game wrap.

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