Every once in awhile, we like to have an opposing team’s fan weigh in on what they think about our beloved Rangers. Danielle Cosgrove has done just that for us. Here’s her take on tonight’s action. If you like, you can follow her on twitter @_HockeyPrincess, she’s quite the hockey fan and a really great person.
Rangers from an Islanders Fan Perspective
As an Islanders fan, I get asked the question “Why do you hate the Rangers so much”, by many hockey fans. The answer to the question is simply “Rivalry”. For the 40 some odd years that the Islanders have now been around, they have always had a rivalry with the Rangers. This is because they are fighting for the title of New York’s Hockey Team.
In recent years, it’s clear to everyone that the Rangers have had the better record and have had the most recent Stanley Cup win. But, to everyone’s dismay, both teams have four Stanley Cups wins, four banners, and four reasons to brag. It took the Rangers 68 years to win all four cups and the Islanders only four being that the Islanders were a dynasty team back in the late 1970s, early 1980s.
Looking at the Rangers now, I don’t really like any of them, except for Carl Hagelin. I used to be a big fan of Brandon Dubinsky too. As an Islanders fan, it’s weird to admit this because you feel that all the other Isles fans will judge you and think that you’re “turning to the dark side”. It’s perfectly okay to like just ONE player on the opposite team. I mean, growing up, I’ve always had this hatred towards the Rangers. But when I watch Hagelin play, I see a determined player, who skates as fast as he can, to win the game. I think he is the hardest working player on the Rangers.
Now, we all know that every Ranger fan is in love with Henrik Lundqvist. As for me, I dislike Henrik very much. No offense to anyone who likes him, but he is just not my favorite goalie. He gets a lot of shot taken on him and he gets lucky. The shots hit the crossbar, they go out wide, or they hit him directly in the pads. I will admit he has had a few great saves, but he ain’t no Tuukka Rask.
Tonight’s game is the second of the 4 games played this season. It is on the Rangers home turf. The last game Islanders gamed I went to at MSG on Valentine’s Day last year, the Islanders won in a shootout, ending the game 4-3. I was surrounded by Rangers fans. I even brought a poster with me. The Rangers fans harassed me the whole game, but don’t worry, I chirped right back. At the end of the game, the Rangers fans were so quiet, and I didn’t even have to say anything before one of them threatened to tear my poster apart. I was just simply happy that the Islanders won at the Garden.
I’ve always been and always will be an Islanders fan, and dislike the Rangers. But, I will say, I respect everyone on the team, everyone who likes the team, and everyone who cheers for them when they play other teams they don’t like.