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Dave Maloney recalls a 'more innocent' Cup Final vibe in '79

DAVE MALONEY Captain: Oct. 11, 1978 - Dec.

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Dave Maloney remembers the Stanley Cup Final being a big deal in 1979, when he captained the Rangers in their five-game loss to the Canadiens.

But compared to what he has seen this time around as the Rangers’ radio analyst?

“It’s overwhelmingly different,’’ he said. “The world has changed a thousand-fold since ’79 in a number of ways, especially with the media and the league.

“Perhaps...

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NHL Final tix far more costly than NBA Finals tix

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden,

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Asking prices for the Games 2-6 of the Stanley Cup Final were averaging more than double the corresponding games in the NBA Finals - $2,310 to $1,076 - as of early Friday, according to the secondary ticket site Razorgator.

Still, the average for tickets to Game 2 of the Cup Final in Los Angeles had fallen 38 percent since Monday, to $898.22.

Tickets to the three potential Cup Final games...

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Doc Emrick back on job for Game 2

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Doc Emrick, who missed calling Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final following the death of his father-in-law, flew to Los Angeles Thursday night and was at Staples Center for the Rangers' practice Friday.

He will call Game 2 for NBC Saturday, with Kenny Albert, who had filled in for him, returning to his usual Rangers radio role.

Emrick said he watched Game 1 on television and heard replays...

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Don La Greca plans to 'embrace the madness' with Game 1 call

Don La Greca has had many opportunities to call Rangers games before, and even has worked NHL playoff games. But Wednesday night is nothing short of a “dream come true.’’

With Doc Emrick missing Game 1 of the Cup Final because of a death in his family, Kenny Albert will fill in for him on NBC, which in turn moves La Greca into Albert’s play-by-play spot on ESPN New York radio.

“I was...

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Kings' PA announcer used to shoot T-shirts at Islanders fans

Dave Joseph grew up in northern Michigan as a Blackhawks fan and now is the Kings’ public address announcer, but in between he had a brief-but-memorable association with another NHL team:

He is a former Islanders T-shirt cannon shooter.

This was during his days working part-time in sales for the Islanders when he was a Hofstra student and a defenseman on the school's club hockey team,...

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Rangers tickets for Game 6 are costly

Montreal Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk, left, scores on Rangers

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TiqIQ, which aggregates data from an assortment of secondary ticket sites, reports this fine Wednesday morning that the average asking price for Game 6 of the Canadiens-Rangers series on Thursday night is $965.74, up 34.6 percent since the NHL Eastern Conference final began.

The lowest asking price should you just want to be in the building if not close to the ice is a whopping $476, up 43.5...

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Canadiens-Rangers ticket prices skyrocket

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stops Montreal Canadiens defenseman

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Ticket prices for Game 3 of the Canadiens-Rangers series continued to rise Wednesday, with the least costly going for $395, up from $320 at noon Tuesday, according to SeatGeek.com, which monitors the secondary market.

On average, tickets for Game 3 were reselling Wednesday for $680, up 79 percent since the start of the series and 30 percent since the Rangers won Game 2.

SeatGeek said...

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NBC looks forward to NHL playoff 'hatred'

J.T. Miller of the Rangers collides with Tye

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Sam Flood, NBC Sports’ executive producer and a former hockey captain at Williams College, often has spoken of the benefits of “hatred’’ to televised hockey.

Monday he was at it again, saying of the 2014 NHL postseason matchups: “We think it’s going to add a whole new degree of hatred on ice . . . When there’s this kind of familiarity there is more energy.’’

Flood in part credited the...

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Rangers playoff tickets are high flyers

Montreal Canadiens' Travis Moen, left, celebrates a goal

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Tickets to the Flyers-Rangers series are averaging higher asking prices than those of any other first-round NHL playoff matchup, according to the secondary market site aggregator TiqIQ.com.

As of Monday, the average for the series was $292.24 – boosted by a whopping $429.50 for games at the Garden. Game 1 Thursday was averaging $337.66, with a low of $161.

The least expensive average...

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Rangers' visit to Bronx a home run for NBC

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE

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Sunday's Rangers-Devils game at Yankee Stadium was a big hit for NBC.

The game averaged 2.1 million viewers nationally and 1.3 percent of homes, both regular-season bests for NBC - not including Winter Classics.

In the New York area, 5.1 percent of homes watched, on average, the best ever in this market for an NBC regular-season game.

Buffalo was next at 4.5 percent, followed by...

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