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Rangers-Islanders game in 3D on Cablevision

The Rangers' Sean Avery, left, fights for the

The Rangers' Sean Avery, left, fights for the puck with Islanders winger Kyle Okposo during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 26, 2009) Photo Credit: AP

MSG will televise Wednesday's Islanders-Rangers game in 3D, another milestone in a growing body of experimental sports production using the technology.

It will be the first hockey game produced in 3D and also will be the first live 3D sports telecast delivered to homes.

Very few homes have 3D-compatible sets at this early stage of their development, but people who do and who are Cablevision subscribers will have access to the game on a special channel.

MSG said it is in discussion with other providers to make the game available.

Manufacturers are expected to produce increasing numbers of 3D television sets in the coming years, and production of live events presumably will follow suit, as has happened with high definition TV.

For those without a 3D television at home, the Rangers will host a viewing party at the Theater at the Garden, featuring appearances by former players such as Mark Messier, Adam Graves and Ron Duguay. Tickets are available for $20 apiece.

Kenny Albert will call the game with Dave Maloney as the analyst for the special 3D production.

The Dolan family owns a controlling interest in Rangers owner MSG and Cablevision. Cablevision owns Newsday.

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