Boy, my morning retweet of what Bruce Boudreau said on Washington radio about the Garden and its fans really stoked the passion---and profanity---of Rangers fans.
Here’s some of the quotes I passed along: http://wapo.st/fl6xOP
Have to admit, the crowds for the last few years during regular-season games haven’t measured up to the often leather-lunged, bloodthirsty past. The rising cost of seats has unquestionably changed the clientele.
There was sort of a nervous energy, some underlying tension in the stands for Game 3, and justifiably so, with the Blueshirts down 2-0 and not scoring. But the noise levels ramped up, especially after goals and in the final 1:39.
The acoustics in Verizon Center certainly help pump up the noise there to an ear-splitting level. For pure vocal volume though, Bell Center seems consistently louder.
Boudreau speaks his mind, but the timing is sure perplexing, unless he wants to take the focus off his team. He also commented about the Rangers physical play post-game and lobbied the league to take a look at Marc Staal’s hit on Mike Green, which did not happen.
Note to self: Bring earplugs Wednesday for Game 4.